QAnon Legal Battle Against YouTube Could Transform Free Speech Online

A lawsuit brought against YouTube and parent company Google by 15 QAnon social media stars could end up in the Supreme Court and transform the meaning of online free speech in America.

The welding of American politics with social media may be the defining moment of a sea change that is taking place at the very top echelons of power in the United States and the world. In the run-up to the 2020 U.S. elections, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all revealed their inescapable ties to the establishment when they launched an information

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Your Freedoms Don’t Have to Be Muzzled Just Because You’re Wearing a Mask

The decisions we make right now about how far we allow the government to go in “protecting” us against this virus will haunt us for a long time to come.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE (Rutherford) –– Despite all appearances to the contrary, martial law has not been declared in America. We still have rights. Technically, at least. The government may act as if its police state powers suppress individual liberties during this COVID-19 pandemic, but for all intents and purposes, the Constitution—especially the

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New Senate anti-BDS Bill Unconstitutional and Ineffective at Curbing Boycotts

“It says quite a bit about the priorities of the new Congress when in the midst of a government shutdown, when federal workers are not receiving their paychecks, the new Congress is more concerned with curtailing the First Amendment rights of the people.” — Chip Gibbons, U.S. Constitutional Law Expert

BDS Protest

WASHINGTON -- Pro-Israel lawmakers in Washington, undeterred by the partial shutdown of the United States government, are pursuing their agenda full speed with the introduction of the first piece of legislation before the 116th Senate -- a bill that aims to stifle the free-speech rights of American critics of apartheid Israel. The

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Bullies Win and Freedom Suffers When We Can’t Agree to Disagree

As America has become ever more polarized, and those polarized factions have become more militant and less inclined to listen to—or even allow for the existence of—other viewpoints, we are fast becoming a nation of people who just can’t get along.

Counter-protesters prepare to clash with Patriot Prayer protesters during a rally in Portland, Ore., Aug. 4, 2018. Small scuffles broke out Saturday as police in Portland, Oregon, deployed "flash bang" devices and other means to disperse hundreds of right-wing and self-described anti-fascist protesters. John Rudoff | AP

What a mess. As America has become ever more polarized, and those polarized factions have become more militant and less inclined to listen to—or even allow for the existence of—other viewpoints, we are fast becoming a nation of people who just can’t get along. Here’s the thing: if Americans don’t learn how to get along—at the very least,

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Donald Trump Can’t Block Twitter Users, Federal Judge Rules

The decision is being celebrated by free speech advocates as a “historic moment for the First Amendment” and online freedom of expression.

President Donald Trump's Twitter feed. Twitter users say Trump is violating the First Amendment by blocking people from his feed after they posted scornful comments. (AP/J. David Ake)

In a decision free speech advocates celebrated as a “historic moment for the First Amendment” and online freedom of expression, a federal judge ruled (pdf) on Wednesday that President Donald Trump cannot block Twitter users for their political views or criticism of his policies. “We’re pleased with the court’s decision, which reflects a careful

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New Study Finds Troubling Link Between Christian Nationalism and Trump Support

The only cultural explanation found to predict voting behavior as strong as Christian nationalism was the level of fear and antagonism toward Muslims.

Supporters of President Trump gather for a rally Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

White evangelical Christians voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump, despite his well-documented character flaws and moral failings. It turns out that their support wasn’t just about hatred of Hillary Clinton or Trump’s promise to give them the Supreme Court of their dreams. A new study points to another more disturbing motivating force:

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