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The Chicago Seven and Liberty

The Chicago Seven and Libertyby Michael DoyleThe American soul was in desperate measurePoisoned and depleted of blood and lost treasureFor the sake of a war that people didn’t understandOur republic’s principles died for in a foreign landThe Vietnam draft and … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: A Bedrock Principle of the First Amendment Is that Government Cannot Prohibit the Free Expression of Ideas That May Be Offensive or Disagreeable

“If there is a bedrock principle of the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.” – Justice William J. Brennan (1906-1997)   … Continue reading

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First Principles: To Abuse and Misuse Freedom of the Press, Cheapens Its Usefulness and Weakens Its Safety

“During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been levelled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Attempted Censorship Often Honors the Superiority of An Idea

“The attempt to silence a man is the greatest honor you can bestow on him. It means that you recognize his superiority to yourself.” – Joseph Sobran (1946-2010)      

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First Principles: Liberty of the Press Does not Mean Liberty To Defame

“If by the liberty of the press were understood merely the liberty of discussing the propriety of public measures and political opinions, let us have as much of it as you please: But if it means the liberty of affronting, … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Right To Peacefully Dissent Is Fundamental To America

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Establishment Clause Served to Prevent A National Church

“The real object of the Amendment was, not to countenance, much less advance Mahommedianism, or Judaism, or infidelity, by prostrating Christianity; but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects, and to prevent any national ecclesiastical establishment, which should give to … Continue reading

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First Principles: This Republic Has Freedom of Religion; Not From

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Federal Government Must Not Interfere With Religion

“I consider the government of the United States as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises. This results not only from the provision that no law shall be made respecting the establishment or … Continue reading

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