As the Citadel of Free Speech here in Cleveland, we work to protect and promote the basis of our democracy by sharing related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century. Here's what's making the news - and what you should know about - this week.
“"This is complex territory. To successfully navigate this terrain, one must have a deep sympathy for those who feel marginalized, while understanding that the traditions of free speech require us to allow many forms of speech that might be offensive."
“Universities should be safe spaces – safe spaces for free speech. When I started working on freedom of expression some years ago, I never imagined that threats to it in the university itself would become such a hot topic. But today, a great debate about this is echoing across the English-speaking world.”
Safe spaces and not the only threat to free speech, The Guardian
“We’re A-OK with the National Football League’s decision to respect the First Amendment rights of the handful of players using the National Anthem as the occasion for symbolic protest. What puzzles us are the messages the league won’t allow.”
What’s up with the NFL’s double standard on free speech?, The New York Post
“The thinking seems to be that if I support the existence of a legal right, then I should and must somehow support every single exercise of that right. This makes no sense, and any critic with a shred of intellectual honesty knows it.”
Free Speech Is Killing Free Speech, The National Review
“Free speech and media advocates say ballot selfies are a powerful form of political speech protected by the first amendment. ‘The ballot selfie captures the very essence of that process as it happens–the pulled lever, the filled-in bubble, the punched-out chad–and thus dramatizes the power that one person has to influence our government,” the social media company Snapchat Inc. wrote in an April brief filed in the case.”
Appeals Court to Review New Hampshire’s Ballot-Selfie Ban, The Wall Street Journal