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Republican Legislative Services Commission Clamps Down on First Amendment in North Carolina

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…”

— First Amendment to the United States Constitution

The North Carolina Legislature’s Legislative Service Commission, controlled by Republicans, has hastily passed a new rule that prohibits North Carolina citizens from opening their mouths [...]

What kind of an Organization is Life Choices? Does it belong in your Public School?

This morning, I read in the Bangor Daily News and at WGME that Pastor Debbie Phillips of an organization called “Life Choices” was brought to the public middle and high schools of Biddeford, Maine. What happened, what kind of an organization is Life Choices, and does it belong in your public school?

What happened in [...]

Huge Majority of U.S. House Votes to Criminalize Protest Against any Visiting World Leader

Is the Democratic Party the party of civil liberty?

Not anymore. Not if you judge by congressional Democrats’ action this past week in overwhelmingly passing H.R. 347, a bill that makes it a federal crime punishable by a year in jail to peacefully, non-violently protest “in the proximity” of a president, a vice president, a [...]

Occupy Movement Produces Petition for Waiver of Constitutional Rights… For the GOV’T to Turn In

Among the Facebook accounts associated with the Occupy Ithaca movement, someone’s had it with the tactics of the government officials of Ithaca, New York. When the occupation of Ithaca began, city representatives persistently asked Occupy Ithaca to file for a permit in order to be able to stay in Dewitt Park. Just file the paperwork, [...]

NYC Free Speech? NYPD demand all protest signs be taken down in 15 minutes

At 9:15 pm, the NYPD demanded that Occupy Wall Street take down all its signs within 15 minutes, or the police themselves would take the signs away.

What happened to the constitutional First Amendment right to peaceably assemble, petition for the redress of grievance, and engage in acts of free speech? What happened to [...]

Poll: Republicans and Conservatives Support the Constitution Less

Earlier this month, Quinnipiac University released the results of a public opinion survey of a nationwide sample of registered voters. These results indicate that of all groups of Americans, Republicans and conservatives are least likely to support the U.S. Constitution.

On the First Amendment freedoms of of speech, assembly and religion:

On whether [...]

Video of Columbus, OH Post-Election Demonstration, Nov. 5 2008

A new group here in Ohio called Columbus for Peace (no website yet, though I understand there will be one soon) called for people to come to the corner of Broad and High streets at 10:00 AM to demonstrate for peace and the American Constitution today, no matter who was elected president. The idea was [...]

Inauguration Protest Planning Slowed by National Park Service

As you may know, I am working to organize an Inauguration Day political demonstration for January 20, 2009 at the Pennsylvania Avenue Inaugural Parade route. The plan is for citizens to bear signs along the parade route calling for President-Elect Barack Obama to uphold the Oath of Office he will take that day to “preserve, [...]