A Different Slant on the First Amendment?

On Monday June 19, in the case of Matal v. Tam, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled yet again that the First Amendment trumps political correctness.

This time, though, the circumstances were a bit unusual. Simon Tam, an Asian-American musician, founded the first all-Asian-American dance-rock band. The band chose to call itself the “Slants” as a way of thumbing its nose at anti-Asian stereotypes and prejudices—such as slant eyes.

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Donald Trump vs. The Bill of Rights

Trump (1)Republicans reluctant to support the candidacy of Donald Trump are being bludgeoned with the argument that the next president could appoint as many as three Supreme Court justices. If Donald doesn’t pick them, Hillary will.

So Republicans should rally to Trump for that reason alone.

Pardon me, but I’m not buying that argument.

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Who will bake my wedding cake?

gay wedding cakeI am a freelance speechwriter. I advertise on the Internet: www.ringingwords.com.

Suppose someone contacts me and asks me to write him a speech in favor of a proposition to which I am totally opposed. I decline as a matter of conscience. The other person says, “The heck with your conscience. You offer your services to the whole public on the Internet. You have no right to discriminate against any potential client because of your personal beliefs. If you don’t write my speech, I will take you to court and force you to do so.” Continue reading Who will bake my wedding cake?

Justice Stevens’ Incredibly Bad Idea

supreme court John Paul Stevens, retired associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, has responded to the high court’s recent decisions on campaign finance with an incredibly bad idea: He has proposed an amendment to the Constitution to override the First Amendment and allow Congress and the states impose what he calls “reasonable limits on the amount of money that candidates for public office, or their supporters, may spend in election campaigns.” Continue reading Justice Stevens’ Incredibly Bad Idea

“Freedom for the thought that we hate”

westboro Nil nisi bonum de mortuis. “Speak only good of the dead.” Generally, that’s a sound maxim. But what if the dead person is the Reverend Fred Phelps, who died last week at the age of 85?

Never heard of Rev. Phelps? His Westboro Baptist Church has a website where you can read all about him. Continue reading “Freedom for the thought that we hate”