First Amendment

Reid: Why Didn't Obstructionist R's Stop A Vote to Debate Anti-1st Amendment Bill?

Rick Moran, American Thinker

Schadenfreude alert! Harry Reid is all bent out of shape because Senate R's unexpectedly supported a bill to bring to the floor for debate a constitutional amendment that would give Congress the power to regulate all campaign spending and speech.

38 Journalism Orgs Slam Obama's News Censorship

Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner

In unprecedented criticism of the White House, 38 journalism groups have assailed the president's team for censoring media coverage, limiting access to top officials and overall “politically-driven suppression of the news.”

A Costly Way to Limit Free Speech

Ed Feulner, Washington Times

What was true in 1798 and 1976 remains true in 2014. Bans on money are bans on speech, and every American’s right to speak freely should be given the fullest protection possible under the Constitution. Limit campaign spending, and we’ll all pay the price.

Democrats Pushing Constitutional Amendment to Change Bill of Rights

Greg Campbell, Tea Party News Network

The Dems’ effort selectively carves-out which parts of the First Amendment serves their purposes and which do not. Leaving MSNBC and CNN free rein to carry their messages, Democrats seek to squash the efforts of big and small donors alike.

Cruz Stands Against Democrats at First Amendment Hearing

Proponents of Democratic Senator Tom Udall's S.J. Res 19 say it would just "repeal Citizens United" or "regulate big money in politics." That is nonsense, says Senator Ted Cruz. Nothing in the amendment is limited to corporations, or to nefarious billionaires. It gives Congress power to regulate—and ban—speech by everybody.

The Democratic Assault on the First Amendment

Sen. Ted Cruz, Wall Street Journal

Congress has too much power already; it should not have the power to silence citizens.

Reid’s Crusade Against the Kochs Threatens Free Speech

Elizabeth Slattery, Heritage Foundation Blog

Harry Reid promised that the Senate will take up a proposed constitutional amendment this year that would radically alter the 1st Amend. Senate resolution 19 would allow Congress to limit fundraising and spending on election campaigns & indep. political speech.

Another Arrest Over Exercising 1st Amend. Right to Film Police

Evan Bernick, Heritage Foundation Blog

Lazaro Estrada was charged with obstruction of justice for filming an arrest on a public street. The First Amendment guarantees peaceful citizen-recorders the freedom to film public officials in public places where the recorders have a right to be present.

Does Prayer Belong at Government Meetings?

Billy Hallowell, The Blaze

As the Supreme Court prepares to rule on Town of Greece vs. Galloway later this term — a case that could have a profound impact on prayer in the public square — a new poll finds that the vast majority of Americans have no problem with invocations at government meetings, with one important caveat.

IRS Revokes Conservative Org’s Tax-Exempt Status Over Anti-Clinton Statements

Jessica Chasmar, The Washington Times

The IRS has revoked the tax-exempt status of a conservative charity, The Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty, for making statements critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry.

War on Christians: The Politics of Persecution

Katie Gorka, Breitbart

Persecution of Christians is on an upward trajectory that runs parallel to the Islamist awakening and has accelerated under the so-called “Arab Spring.” Yet it has not made it to the top-ten list of priorities for American policymakers.

Why Are Some So Vicious Toward Tea Party?

Fox News Staff

"They don't have to agree with the Tea Party. No one is forcing them. But have they ever met these working Americans? They don't like big government. But that's not a crime. That is protected political thought, the First Amendment."

Cornyn Rips Schumer's Media 'Shield Law'

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

Sen. Chuck Schumer’s “Free Flow of Information Act” is, “totally inconsistent with the notion of a free press and the First Amendment,” Sen. John Cornyn said.

Air Force: Christians' Religious Speech Not Legally Protected

Ken Klukowski, Breitbart

Christians in the U.S. military are being told they must forfeit their First Amendment rights. 

Why Do Liberals Want to Suppress Political Speech?

Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

"Some of us are old enough to remember when liberals’ response to speech they disagreed with was: more speech. The reflexive response of many liberals today seems to be: shut it down."

Inside the IRS Corruption Scandal

Amy Payne, Heritage Foundation Blog

“What is clear from these hearings and the other evidence that has surfaced over the past eight months is that the First Amendment rights of Americans are under assault.”

Obama's FCC Wants to ‘Investigate’ Newsrooms, Stifle Free Press

Fox News Staff

The Obama administration’s FCC wants to send ‘investigators’ into newsrooms in order to ‘study’ how newsers decide what news to cover, and how they pick their stories, which is sparking concern among congressional Repubs. and conservative groups.

Obama's War on the First Amendment

Phyllis Schlafly, GOP USA

Obama has made it clear that he doesn't want any expression of religious faith in any public place, including buildings or schools or events. When the Founding Fathers wrote "free exercise" of religion into the Constitution, they meant public as well as private exercise.

Winning the 'War on Women'

David Catron, American Spectator

On Nov. 26, SCOTUS will confer on Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius and Autocam v. Sebelius, all of which challenge the constitutionality of Obamacare’s contraception mandate. In two of the cases, judges concluded that the mandate violates the 1st Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Did IRS' Lois Lerner Collude With Liberal AGs to Silence Conservatives?

The First Amendment and your right to privacy is under attack -- again. This time, liberal attorneys general for California and New York are violating the privacy of nonprofit organizations donors AND there's strong implications suggesting that they're colluding with the infamous (now "on leave-with-pay") head of IRS Exempt Organizations, Lois Lerner. The efforts to shut down this blatant abuse of power by leftists who want to strangle nonprofits' First Amendment rights are gaining momentum as more new information about Lerner’s collaboration with state officials comes to light.