Monday, July 02, 2007

Free speech and not so free speech, three takes

George Will brings to light the trouble faced by some Christian women in Oakland, California, who merely wanted to discuss marriage and family values. (Valuing Speech,, June 24, 2007) content warning

Jonah Goldberg inserts a bit of common sense - and history - into the discussion of what speech the Constitution protects, and why. ((Free) Speech Disorder,, June 29, 2007) content warning

Wilfred McClay finds a recent Supreme Court ruling on a free speech case full of "an almost ludicrous amount of huffing and puffing" about side issues, "all deployed to justify what ought to have been crystal-clear on entirely different grounds." (Never Reverse?, Mere Comments, June 28, 2007).

Both Goldberg and McClay take on, among other things, the often-repeated, too-little-examined mantra about 'students not shedding their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.'

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