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In a Supreme Court battle over cake, US conservatives are using the Spanish Inquisition to defend discrimination

In a Supreme Court battle over cake, US conservatives are using the Spanish Inquisition to defend discrimination

Between 1487 and 1834, Spain’s monarchs had a legal policy of forcing religious “heretics,” like Jews and Muslims, to convert to Catholicism or die. At…

LGBTQ rights just had a horrible day in the Supreme Court

There’s no way to sugarcoat the oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Civil Rights Commission, a landmark Supreme Court case asking whether a religious baker who objects to same-sex marriages is

Justice Kennedy can’t make up his mind about gay wedding cakes

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court’s longtime swing vote, seemed especially torn on Tuesday about whether a religious Colorado baker should have to make a wedding cake for a
There's a Westboro Baptist Church Movie in the Works

There's a Westboro Baptist Church Movie in the Works

'Hate (A Love Story)' follows the case of Al Snyder, a gay man who took on the hate group after it picketed at his Marine son's funeral.

Justices Ginsburg and Kagan Ask About the Artistry of Wedding Cakes

Jeffrey Toobin on the Supreme Court arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, which deals with whether a Christian baker can discriminate against gay couples who ask for a wedding cake.
Supreme Court May Side with Christian Baker in Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case

Supreme Court May Side with Christian Baker in Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case

Religious-liberty activists and conservative Christian groups are optimistic after oral arguments on Tuesday at the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving a Colorado Christian wedding cake baker that
JOHN WILCOCK: Allen Ginsberg's HOWL and THE DEATH OF LENNY BRUCE

JOHN WILCOCK: Allen Ginsberg's HOWL and THE DEATH OF LENNY BRUCE

Previous Wilcock/Lenny comics on Boing Boing:Ladies and Gentlemen, Lenny Bruce! When Lenny Bruce Stayed at My Apartment- Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall

Cop at center of Inauguration protester trial exposed trashing liberal protesters on social media

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The lead investigator in the mass prosecution of leftist Inauguration Day protesters is a fan of Donald Trump’s right-wing internet tribe, attorneys showed jurors Tuesday. Defense

Federal Case Could Upend New Jersey’s Campaign Finance Law

A federal case could impose contribution limits in New Jersey that apply for election cycles, instead of individual races.

Revolving Door of DC Government Prosecutors Must Be Stopped

Government prosecutors need a lobbying ban.

Dictators Adopt Trump’s Modus Operandi, Eroding Democracy Worldwide

Democracy is on the decline for the 11th year in a row.

Judge: No, wearing all black isn’t ‘inciting a riot’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A day that began with elation ended discouragingly for six young people who face decades in prison for being present at anti-Trump demonstrations on Inauguration Day. On Wednesday
Arkansas State Students File Suit over ‘Free Speech Zone’ Policy

Arkansas State Students File Suit over ‘Free Speech Zone’ Policy

Students at Arkansas State University are suing over a controversial "free speech zone" policy that only allows them to exercise their First Amendment rights on certain parts of campus.
The Media Have Not Learned the Most Important Lesson of 2016: The Constitution Matters

The Media Have Not Learned the Most Important Lesson of 2016: The Constitution Matters

The mainstream media have missed the biggest story of 2017, which is also partly the story of why 2016 happened the way it did. That story is the restoration of the U.S. Constitution.
Northwest Vista College President Says ‘Hate Speech’ Is Not ‘Free Speech’

Northwest Vista College President Says ‘Hate Speech’ Is Not ‘Free Speech’

The president of a public community college in San Antonio, Texas, argues that "hate speech" is not "free speech."

Hate group claims hollow victory in case of Atlanta’s fired anti-gay fire chief

A federal judge ruled this week that Atlanta had justification for firing Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran after he published a book condemning homosexuality and distributed it to subordinates. The Alliance

Anti-Trump Inauguration protesters acquitted on all counts

None of the six men and women facing felony charges tied to an anti-Trump Inauguration Day protest committed a crime, jurors decided Thursday. The six defendants had faced seven charges each. The jury

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: City-owned media outlets would be more ‘fair’

In remarks last week to a group of reporters recently laid off by New York City news websites DNAinfo New York and Gothamist, Mayor Bill…

Acquittals in guilt-by-association Trump protester trial cast doubt on subsequent prosecutions

Handed a sweeping defeat by jurors on Thursday, federal prosecutors offered no sign of surrender in the felony prosecutions of nearly 200 more people arrested in connection with an Inauguration Day
Jeff Sessions Focused in 2017 on Restoring Rule of Law and Constitutional Rights

Jeff Sessions Focused in 2017 on Restoring Rule of Law and Constitutional Rights

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has had a busy first year as one of President Donald Trump’s earliest and most committed supporters, one who now leads one of the most powerful departments in the
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