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 – in the past week.
“Firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos, along with conservative commentator Ann Coulter and more than a dozen other speakers, has been invited to campus by a student group called Berkeley Patriot to speak during a four-day event running Sept. 24-27.”
“Ohio's HIV assault law also violates free speech rights because it focuses only on disclosure, not the actual transmission of the disease, say attorneys.”
“Beyond due process, there is a viable free-speech argument against deporting the Dreamers on the basis of what they said in their applications.”
“Free speech becomes a beautiful justification for prejudice because this is the American way. People have free speech. And a free speech justification allows you to say things without being punished - or that others should be punished.”
“Phillips said forcing him to make the cake despite the fact that he is religiously opposed to gay marriage violates his First Amendment rights, as baking a cake is a form of expression.”
“David Remnick speaks with the author of a new and sympathetic book about Antifa, a law professor at University of California, Berkeley, and a legal analyst for Slate, to look at how leftist protests at Berkeley, right-wing violence in Charlottesville, and open-carry laws around the country are testing the traditional liberal consensus on freedom of expression.”
After Charlottesville, the Limits of Free Speech, The New Yorker