The Establishment Clause and State Funding for Religious Schools

By: Sharon Foster In December 2021, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Carson v. Makin. The Court was asked to decide whether Maine’s secondary school funding program violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. The plaintiffs contend that the State’s refusal to provide tuition assistance for sectarian education violates their right to … Continue reading The Establishment Clause and State Funding for Religious Schools

The First Amendment Right to a Religious Exemption from Mandatory Vaccination

By: Tihanne K. Mar-Shall At the end of 2021, a group of student-athletes sued their school alleging violations of their First Amendment right to free exercise of religion, among other things, for being denied religious exemptions for the Covid-19 vaccine. Western Michigan University required athletes and not other students to be vaccinated to participate in … Continue reading The First Amendment Right to a Religious Exemption from Mandatory Vaccination

Return of the King: Do private property rights restore a government of kings in castles?

By: Russell Facente When the British Crown failed to consider the unique needs of the American Colonies, the Founding Fathers engaged in a bloody revolution and started a new country. King George III—considered a tyrant by the Founders—successfully insulated himself from the voices of the Colonies, primarily by a giant moat known as the Atlantic … Continue reading Return of the King: Do private property rights restore a government of kings in castles?

Anti-protest Laws Use Intimidation to Attack First Amendment Rights

By: Ben Smart The wake of George Floyd’s murder created two waves. The first was the protests that broke across the nation, fighting against police brutality and the racism not yet purged from our system. The second wave was the legislation hoping to crush these protests. Since that day, there have been 110 anti-protest laws … Continue reading Anti-protest Laws Use Intimidation to Attack First Amendment Rights

Reclaim the Commons and the Tempe Police

By: DIANE POSTi The May Day Action Committee, a group of local activists, organized a May Day event for 29 April, 2012 in conjunction with national actions called “Reclaim the Commons.” “Reclaim the Commons” refers to citizens reclaiming the public spaces (parks, land, streets, beaches) and natural resources (water, air, animals, fish) that belong to … Continue reading Reclaim the Commons and the Tempe Police