Articles

California’s new law silences doctors and gives government a monopoly on scientific truth

November 21, 2022 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

With the stroke of a pen, Governor Gavin Newsom has all but destroyed the First Amendment rights of healthcare professionals across California. The newly adopted Assembly Bill 2098 takes California’s routine disregard for the Constitution to new heights, penalizing any medical professional who disseminates “misinformation or disinformat ...

Articles

Free speech and the “other” qualified immunity

September 21, 2022 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Over the past few years, qualified immunity has been the legal issue at the forefront of police reform. While major events like the 2020 death of George Floyd have inextricably linked qualified immunity to over-policing, it’s important to note that it is not limited to criminal justice reform alone. As our colleague David Deerson noted ̷ ...

Articles

The Hill : In fighting woke politics, censorship is not the answer

August 15, 2022 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

Laws barring businesses and schools from teaching anti-racist ideas, such as Florida’s Stop WOKE Act, mimic the same intolerance displayed by woke progressives. The better path is to encourage open debate, not censorship. The Stop WOKE Act prevents businesses, schools and other institutions from subjecting students and employees to training o ...

Articles

California Globe : California wants to silence dissent on COVID-19

August 01, 2022 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

In 1593, the Roman Inquisition convicted the Dominican friar Giordano Bruno for heresy. His crime: teaching that the earth revolved around the sun. The inquisitors burned him alive. We should’ve learned from that dark era. Yet over 400 years after Bruno’s death, California is about to pass a law that will punish physicians for spreading ...

Articles

Monty Python and the quest to uphold an individual’s right to privacy

July 27, 2022 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Exciting news!   Pacific Legal Foundation has acquired a lost alternate version of one of the last scenes in the cult classic film, Monty Python and The Holy Grail.   We are honored to be able to share it with you below!  ————————————————— ...

Articles

Orange County Register : California’s schools are reviving the loyalty oath

June 11, 2022 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

California’s universities once required faculty to sign an anti-Communist oath. Many faculty resigned or refused to sign on principle, and no one looks back on that history with fondness. Yet California’s community colleges are on the brink of embracing a new loyalty oath. Rather than force faculty to denounce communism, a new policy wi ...

Articles

The Hill : Boise State punished a coffee shop owner for her speech

May 23, 2022 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

In late April, an Idaho judge allowed a vital free speech lawsuit against Boise State University to go forward. Big City Coffee, the plaintiff, had lost its contract with the university because some administrators and students were offended that the café supports local police. Thankfully, Judge Cynthia Yee-Wallace has denied Boise State’s re ...

Articles

This tenured professor is fighting for her right to free speech after university tried to “cancel” her

May 05, 2022 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Dr. Elizabeth Weiss is a fully tenured professor of anthropology at San Jose State University.   When you speak with her, the passion she feels for her work as a scholar and a lecturer is reflected in her radiant smile.   She is well-spoken and calmer than you’d expect one to be while discussing how her … ...

Articles

City Journal : Silencing parent advocates

March 03, 2022 | By ETHAN BLEVINS

A new regulation would prohibit New York City education councils from debating important policies. Around midnight on December 22, the New York City Panel for Education Policy wrapped up a seven-hour meeting by passing policy D-210, billed as a measure to combat harassment and discrimination. Unfortunately, the regulation risks chilling the speech ...