Masterpiece Cakeshop Loses Appeal Over Gender Transition Cake
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by jonathanturley
3h ago
Jack Phillip, the Colorado baker who brought the challenge in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission has again lost an appeal in Colorado state court. After the Supreme Court effectively punted on the issue of his free speech and free exercise challenges to the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (“CADA”), which protects against the denial of service in a place of public accommodation based on one’s identity. After the 2018 decision, Phillip faced additional demands including the creation of a gender transitioning cake. The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that ..read more
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“Tragedy … Might be Triggering”: British Universities Add Warnings for Greek and Shakespearean Plays
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by jonathanturley
1d ago
The problem with universities overwhelmingly controlled by faculty on the left is that there are few to offer a dose of reality or rationality. Left to their own devices, some faculty seem to search for new ways to demonstrate woke priorities. British universities have long been ridiculed for policies controlling speech or symbols. Now, The Telegraph is reporting that British universities are adding trigger warnings to Greek and Shakespearean tragedies to protect students from being triggered by tragedy. Indeed, there are now warnings on other classics for everything from “ableism” to “depict ..read more
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Court Enjoins California’s Bar on Doctors Giving “False Information” on Covid
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by jonathanturley
1d ago
With the recent passage of AB 2098, California took a highly controversial step in barring doctors from offering “false information” on Covid-19 and related subjects. The law is an extension of Democratic efforts to block  or censor “misinformation” and “disinformation” in society from social media to medicine. However, this effort involves direct government action. As will come as little surprise to many on this blog, I opposed the measure as unconstitutionally vague and a threat to free speech. Nevertheless, Judge Fred Slaughter (C.D. Cal.) in McDonald v. Lawson held that this statute ..read more
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“We are the Faculty”: Hamline Professors Demand President’s Resignation After Abandoning Due Process and Academic Freedom
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by jonathanturley
2d ago
We previously discussed the action of Hamline University not to renew the contract of an art professor, Erika Prater, who showed an image of Muhammad as part of an arts class. The action was an affront to both free speech and academic freedom.  Prater has sued. In the meantime, the faculty has voted 72-12 to condemn the action and demand that Hamline President Fayneese Miller resign. With the exception of the 12 faculty dissenters, it is a relatively rare demonstration of academic courage in standing up to an anti-free speech mob. They are correct. Miller should resign immediately based o ..read more
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Turkey Blocks Sweden from Joining NATO Due to Sweden’s Free Speech Protections
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by jonathanturley
3d ago
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long been one of the most anti-free speech leaders in the world, particularly demanding the censorship and the arrest of those who insult Islam. Now Erdogan is blocking Sweden from NATO membership because it refuses to curtail free speech. It is a tragically ironic moment for an alliance based on what were viewed as shared Western values. It is now held hostage by one of the most authoritarian leaders in the world. Erdogan is upset because Rasmus Paludan, a Swedish politician, burned a Quran outside the Turkish embassy during a protest this weekend ..read more
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Welcome to Hotel California: Lawmakers Move to Tax People Who Have Left the State
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by jonathanturley
3d ago
California lawmakers appear intent on making the Eagles song Hotel California a reality. At least when it comes to taxes, at the Hotel California, “you can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave!” With soaring costs and a massive $24 billion deficit, the state is also facing an exodus of people fleeing the state. The solution? Not only impose a wealth tax (which will fuel even more departures) but pursue those who left the state. The new bill introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Alex Lee would impose an extra annual 1.5% tax on those with a “worldwide net worth” above $1 billion ..read more
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Pardon or Prosecute? The 2024 Election and the “Get Out of Jail Free” Vote
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by jonathanturley
4d ago
Below is my column in the Hill on how the two criminal investigations over classified documents could create an unprecedented constitutional conflict in the 2024. We are likely to have two candidates with their own respective special counsels. One or both could be indicted. Either way the election could protect the winner practically from prosecution either due to a self-pardon or an internal Justice Department rule. A vote for Biden or Trump could therefore literally prove to be a “get out of jail free” card. Here is the column: President Biden has declared that the criminal investigation int ..read more
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The Immaculate Possession: Biden Defense is Vast Becoming Unsustainable
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by jonathanturley
5d ago
Below is my column at Fox.com on the most recent discovery of classified documents at one of the homes of President Joe Biden. Despite the latest discovery, allies like Sen. Chris Coons were on Sunday shows repeating his assurance that “there is no there there.” The insistence that the record clearly shows innocent “inadvertence” now borders on willful blindness as inadvertent possession occurs over and over again with documents from both Biden’s time as a senator and as vice president. A decade of inadvertence. Here is the column: President Biden seems to attract classified documents the ..read more
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“Re-imagining Undergraduate Mathematics…with Structural Disruptions”: Vanderbilt Professor Denounces the Math Field as Racist
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by jonathanturley
6d ago
We recently discussed a professor who declared that astrophysics is racist due to its focus on “individualism” and exceptionalism.” These critiques are part of a larger movement alleging that everything from math to meritocracy is racist. The latest controversy centers around a lecture by Luis Leyva, associate professor of mathematics education at at Vanderbilt University entitled “Undergraduate Mathematics Education as a White, Cisheteropatriarchal Space and Opportunities for Structural Disruption to Advance Queer of Color Justice.” In other words, math is a racist field of study advancing wh ..read more
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No, the Supreme Court Did Not Just Rule Against Gun Rights
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by jonathanturley
1w ago
Much has been made of the decision of the Supreme Court to reject a request for an injunction of a New York law limiting gun rights.  New York Attorney General Letitia James went public to celebrate the “decision” while saying that the “gun safety laws help save lives, and keep our state safer.” In reality, there is less than meet the eye in this action . . . far less. There are ample reasons for the Court to deny in the motion even if the majority views the underlying law as likely unconstitutional. The celebrations, therefore, may be a tad premature. I have written a series of col ..read more
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