On November 22, 2011, Rikers Island guards put Kevin Phillip into a segregation housing unit. It was punishment for something he did. Phillip spent 36 days there. On two Fridays over that stretch, Phillip asked the guards if he could attend a Muslim prayer service at the jail. The guards said that h ... More >>
Brooklyn-based artist and environmental activist Lopi LaRoe sees Smokey the Bear as a friend. As a kid raised by environmentalists, she grew up with him, she says, and feels a particular connection to the affable, but informative cultural touchstone invented by the US Forest Service in 1944. "So I t ... More >>
It took just over 24 hours for several subway ads featuring an offensive, anti-Islamic message were vandalized, which, somehow, has led to a debate about the First Amendment, as apparent in the comment section of our story abut the vandals posted yesterday.The entire debate is a bit of an enigma/com ... More >>
As some people spray-paint and vandalize the anti-Islam subway ads currently posted in 10 New York City subway stations, others are using different, more legal methods to discredit the Islam-o-phobic message in the ads, which compares Muslims to "savages."Sojourners magazine, a faith-based "social j ... More >>
It's been less than 48 hours since anti-Islamic subway ads went up in 10 New York City subway stops, and -- as we predicted/perhaps encouraged -- several of them already have been vandalized.In one case of alleged vandalism -- which was caught on tape and you can see below -- a self-described Egypti ... More >>
Just in time for day one of the meeting of the United Nations' General Assembly -- when people from across the world will be in the Big Apple to see how civilized and accepting New Yorkers are -- an ad campaign is going up in the New York City subway system that calls Muslim jihadists "savages."We w ... More >>
There's a reason you see an army of law-enforcement officials armed with semi-automatic weapons in New York City's subways: Public transportation in New York City is a prime target for terrorists who want to blow us up.So where better to place provocative ads insulting Muslim jihadists than New York ... More >>
There's a sure-fire way to draw the ire of, well...just about everyone: write a newspaper article with the headline "What About the Good Things Hitler Did?" and then attribute it to a Jewish college kid who didn't even write it -- which is exactly what a satirical newspaper at Rutgers University did ... More >>
While those following Occupy Wall Street have their eyes focused on the resurgence of action this month, few have been following a legal case dating back to the famous November eviction at Zuccotti Park -- a case which the city is now commenting on through a brief it filed in the courts last week ... More >>
Back in November, the St. Petersburg Times uncorked its best expose of the Church of Scientology yet -- "The Money Machine," a look at Scientology's incredible appetite for fundraising among its members. Just three months later, two court cases are putting an exclamation point on that investigative ... More >>
Monday evening, the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Church of Scientology filed a lawsuit Friday in San Antonio against Debbie Cook and her husband Wayne Baumgarten. The lawsuit, which accuses Cook of violating the terms of a non-disclosure agreement when she dared to criticize the leadership of h ... More >>
Nick PintoOWS legal team after the ruling.Judge Michael D. Stallman of the Supreme Court of New York just issued a ruling denying Occupy Wall Street's request for a temporary restraining order that would allow them to return, sleeping gear and all, to Zuccotti Park. Two most interesting par ... More >>
Somewhere near the heart of America, a plot to infiltrate the soul of this great nation is underway, and has moved a step further. Yes, folks, a judge -- those formidable black-robed enemies of the state -- has struck down an amendment to Oklahoma's constitution that would bar the use of Isla ... More >>
For all their dithering around "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" over the past two years, President Obama and Congress have been let off the hook. No need to finish off that survey to see how the troops feel about serving with the gays, because federal judge Virginia Phillips has halted all discharges under ... More >>
How I questioned an imam's motives and broke Tom Robbins's heart
Just in time for Pride Weekend, the Supreme Court has booted thousands of anti-gay activists out of the closet yesterday, who were terrified of being outed as bigots. In an unusual, near unanimous 8 to 1 decision, the court ruled that people who signed a petition to repeal Washington State's "everyt ... More >>
We wrote earlier about a Variety advertiser who had their lawsuit - which pitted a film producer against the Hollywood trade, who had given said producer's film a bad review while he had an advertising buy in-progress with Variety - tossed out of court. Well! It'd seem that they case is over ... More >>
This had to happen! The Universal Free Church is calling for a national petition drive to allow gay marriage and to ban Mormon marriage! (That should even things out. Otherwise, the chapels will be way overbooked.) Like so many people out there, they feel the Mormons have a right to say whatever the ... More >>
Yesterday afternoon, the Justice Department shot down one of the last legal challenges to Mayor Mike Bloomberg's controversial term limits extension. In a fifty-page appeal, lawmakers and civil rights groups had asked the federal government last month to consider the term limits extension a violatio ... More >>
The fight for New Orleans' culture continues, one parade at a time
Religious and conservative groups support the 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' banner under fire at the Supreme Court
Will the Supreme Court hold high the banner 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus,' or crush free speech?
Journalists, under fire today by the Bush White House, have been the enemy before
Forcibly silenced, an invited speaker at Columbia has not been invited back.
Hell hath no fury like a mother scorned
8 to 0 Supreme Court decision doesn't end the fight against 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Marc Ecko wins suit; will throw NYC graffiti block party tomorrow
Do Columbia professors abuse free inquiry when they intimidate disagreeing students?
A conservative libertarian targets Ashcroft and Mueller for violating First Amendment
Protesting at the GOP convention? Legal observers have your back.
Religious Studies gets a second life. What does the Supreme Court think?
'The Powerful Have Only Gotten More Powerful'
The Media Blew This One Big-Time
The Government Cannot Endorse Any or All Religions
Does God Need Tax Money to Teach?
Will God Set the Curriculum?
'There Would Be No Place to Hide'
Has the Attorney General Been Reading Franz Kafka?
Sensitivity Above All?
Are They Africans or Americans?
An Association Is a Voice
Must the NAACP Include Racists?
Its a Plain Old Censorship Campaign
When Movie Moguls Wage War to Protect Copyright, the First Amendment Ends Up on the Cutting Room Floor
Does a Rocker Lurk in You?
The Dangers of Defending the KKK