First Amendment

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Legal Definition Of Religion

There is no official legal definition of what is and what is not a religion. Instead, it’s been up to the courts to interpret it, in keeping with the First Amendment.

04/14/2015

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Interfaith Rally Looks Beyond Anti-Islam Bus Ads That SEPTA Is Being Forced To Run

Scores of Christians, Jews, and Muslims today joined Philadelphia elected officials for a rally in Love Park designed to protest the incendiary bus ads, which link Adolf Hitler to Islam.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/31/2015

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Flashing Headlights To Warn Other Drivers

Is it illegal to flash other drivers to warn them that there’s a speed trap?

03/17/2015

(Shortly after school police confiscated anti-charter protest signs at the SRC's February 18th meeting, Lisa Haver, of the  Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools (APPS) displays a hastily drawn sign that says, "Why did SRC take our signs?"  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Federal Lawsuit Filed Against School Reform Commission After Protest Signs Confiscated

Lisa Haver, co-founder of a group that opposes more charter schools in Philadelphia, says school police confiscated her signs at the SRC’s February 18th meeting.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/12/2015

Rich Zeoli Talks To Attorney From Competitive Enterprise Institute About Expulsion Of University Of Oklahoma Students

On Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, Rich Zeoli spoke with Hans Bader, a Senior Attorney at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

03/10/2015

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Federal Judge’s Ruling Advances, Slightly, A Citizen’s Right To Observe Police Activities

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed five lawsuits on behalf of people in Philadelphia who were arrested while watching police in the course of their duties on public streets.

01/23/2015

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In Wake of Kathleen Kane Probe, Grand Jury Calls For Limits on ‘Shield Law’ Protecting Reporters

But one First Amendment expert doesn’t think it would be a very good idea.

KYW Newsradio 1060–01/22/2015

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Protecting Free Speech Online

How do you write a law to punish cyber bullies without violating the First Amendment right to free speech? Not very easily.

12/05/2014

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Lawyer For Shops At Liberty Place: If It Were Klansmen Outside African American Business, ‘They Would Last About 10 Seconds Before Police Hauled Them Away’

Dom Giordano talked to Jason Gosselin, a lawyer for the Shops at Liberty Place, about a state Superior Court ruling that will allow a group calling themselves the Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge to continue their demonstrations around the corner of 16th and Chestnut in Center City.

10/20/2014

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Pa. Court Affirms Right of Group To Hurl Invective Outside Center City Mall

A local group called the Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge has received city permits to speak on the sidewalk near Liberty Place, at 16th and Chestnut Streets, voicing hatred toward whites, Asians, and other groups.

10/20/2014

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Lawsuit Filed Against SEPTA After Transportation Authority Nixes Incendiary Ads

The ads are incendiary. They include images of Adolf Hitler, as well as American journalist James Foley kneeling next to his masked executioner moments before he was beheaded.

09/24/2014

(Judge Marjorie Rendell, at the National Constitution Center, during a break in a schoolteachers' forum on the First Amendment.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Area Schoolteachers Get Tips From Federal Judge on How To Teach First Amendment

“The issues today, of cyberbullying and hate speech and harassment, they present real challenges,” said Judge Marjorie Rendell, who knows about challenging First Amendment issues.

07/10/2014

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Lawyer For Hobby Lobby: ‘Women Of Faith…Are Rejoicing’ Over SCOTUS Contraception Ruling

On Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, Chris Stigall spoke with Adele Keim from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty who represented Hobby Lobby in their case against the federal government’s mandate that they provide certain types of birth control they object to for their employees.

07/01/2014

(Pa. Rep. Rick Saccone, obscured, listens as fellow representative Ronald Waters of Philadelphia speaks in support of a measure requiring "In God We Trust" in every public school in Pennsylvania.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Some Pa. Lawmakers Seeking ‘In God We Trust’ In Every Public School

The bill is sponsored by Pa. Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny County), and co-sponsored by Rep. Ronald Waters (D-Phila., foreground).

11/13/2013

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Court: Clicking ‘Like’ On Facebook Is Free Speech

Clicking “Like” on Facebook is constitutionally protected free speech and can be considered the 21st century-equivalent of a campaign yard sign, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

09/19/2013

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