The Supreme Court Strikes a Blow for Religious Freedom

March 11 2021

While one might have thought that the Bill of Rights renders the entire United States a “free-speech zone,” at Georgia Gwinnett College, a state school, the term is applied only to two small areas, open only eighteen hours a day—where students are allowed to speak freely only after securing advance permission from the administration. Such activities as distributing pamphlets or holding up picket signs are elsewhere forbidden, or, at the very least, can be stopped by the authorities. On Monday, this policy was sharply rebuked by an eight-to-one Supreme Court ruling in the case of Uzuegbunam v. PreczewskiDan McLaughlin comments:

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More about: Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Supreme Court, University

Iran’s Elections Could Complicate U.S. Plans to Renew the Nuclear Deal

June 11 2021

This week, after the International Atomic Energy Agency announced its suspicions that the Islamic Republic is hiding nuclear materials from its inspectors, the White House decided to lift some sanctions on Iranian oil, and still plans to forge ahead with nuclear negotiations. Meanwhile, Iran will hold its presidential elections next week. The exercise is not particularly democratic—the supreme leader approves the candidates in advance, and his minions have from time to time fixed the results—but neither is it entirely meaningless. While there are important differences among the candidates, not one can be dubbed a moderate, even by the standards of this brutal Islamist theocracy. Reuel Marc Gerecht explains why this matters:

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More about: Ali Khamenei, Barack Obama, Iran nuclear program, Joseph Biden