Category Archives: First Amendment

The Case of Masterpiece Cakeshop

What’s an evangelical Christian baker to do when asked to design and decorate a custom cake for a gay wedding? If he complies, he violates his religious objections to same-sex marriage. If he refuses, he’s prosecuted for violating the public … Continue reading

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Is there a constitutional right to put annoying signs on the back of your car?

 Did the Framers of the Constitution recognize a historically grounded fundamental right to have annoying signs on the back of your car?  Applying originalist and strict constructionist principles of constitutional interpretation, we ask: Did George Washington advertise his views on … Continue reading

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The 1st Amendment pinball machine

The First Amendment is simple: you can say anything you want unless the Government says you can’t. Confused by all that chin music about “viewpoint discrimination,” “limited public forum,” “time place and manner,” etc.?  Think of it as a pinball … Continue reading

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Ratting out the First Amendment

The First Amendment is alive and well in New York, at least where inflated rats are concerned. “It is abundantly clear that Local 78 has a constitutional right to use an inflatable rat,” ruled a federal judge in a recent … Continue reading

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Have you been “friended” by DA Vandal?

Last January the Manhattan DA’s Office indicted 106 people including 72 NYPD cops, 8 firefighters and 5 Corrections Officers for bilking Social Security out of $400 million in phony disability claims. The scheme was masterminded by a former senior Nassau County … Continue reading

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In Ceremonial Deism We Trust

The Second Circuit has just blown off the Rev. Michael Newdow, founder of the First Atheist Church of True Science (FACTS), who’s been arguing to federal courts across the country that putting “In God We Trust” on our moola violates the … Continue reading

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