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  • ‘Freedom to think as you will and to speak as you think’

    January 27, 2016 | 2:14 pm

    The most eloquent defense of freedom of speech that I have ever read was authored by Justice Louis Brandeis. In Whitney v. California in 1927, Justice Brandeis wrote:

    Those who won our independence believed that the final end of the state was to make men free to develop their...

  • Opposition continues despite new Boy Scout policy

    June 19, 2013 | 4:13 pm

    In 2001, Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) overwhelmingly decided to end its sponsorship of Cub Scout Pack 1300 to protest the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) policy banning openly gay scouts and leaders. It ended a nearly 50-year tradition of scouting at the Reform congregation.

  • The Second Amendment and the Golden Calf

    By Aryeh Cohen

    March 15, 2013 | 1:24 pm

    Yesterday during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on a ban on 157 different types of assault weapons, and magazines containing more than ten bullets, Ted Cruz, Republican Senator from Texas, lectured Diane Feinstein on the Constitution. Cruz archly asked Feinstein, the author...

  • Play reveals naked truth behind ‘Deep Throat’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 23, 2013 | 12:41 pm

    Herschel Savage, the skin-flick actor best known for his appearance in “Debbie Does Dallas,” was perched beside a bare mattress on the floor of the Zephyr Theatre in West Hollywood, preparing to rehearse a scene from “The Deep Throat Sex Scandal” in which he plays a director. The...

  • Transcript of Santorum spelling out views on church-state separation

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 27, 2012 | 11:00 am

    GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum created quite the stir yesterday with his comments on the separation of church and state. I posted a clip of his interview with George Stephanopoulos, but the sound bite left a lot of details out. ABC News has shared the full transcript....

  • Judge dismisses charge in ‘Zombie Muhammad’ case; defends decision

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 25, 2012 | 9:50 pm

    A federal district court judge this week dismissed a harassment charge against a Muslim man who allegedly attacked an atheist who had dressed up as “Zombie Muhammad” for Halloween, while leaving Zombie Pope unharmed.

    Judge Mark Martin said that the evidence was entirely he-said, he...

  • Street preacher loses case against University of Tennessee

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 18, 2012 | 10:03 pm

    If you’ve spent considerable time on a college campus recently, you’ve probably seen a street preacher. At UCLA, they tend to frequent Bruin Walk, the main pedestrian walkway through campus. Crowds tend to congregate but, in my experience, they’re not really there to hear the message...

  • Could Foreskin Man keep circumcision legal in San Francisco?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 1, 2011 | 5:00 pm

    In an ironic twist, the writer of a San Francisco ballot measure that would prohibit circumcision of any boy under 18 for any reason other than a medical emergency also created the evidence that could lead to the proposition being declared unconstitutional and being thrown off of the...

  • Westboro case poses dilemma for Jewish groups

    October 6, 2010 | 2:33 pm

    Jewish defense organizations long—and proudly—have upheld a delicate principle in defending the First Amendment: Hate the speech, defend the speaker.

    But a Supreme Court case whose arguments were scheduled for Wednesday have put that precept to the test: A Maryland family is suing...

  • Jewish groups change tack on Supreme Court cases

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With hot-button domestic issues not expected to play a major role in the new U.S. Supreme Court session, Jewish groups are entering the fray over the right of judicial review for foreign detainees.

    Several Jewish organizations have filed a joint friend-of-the-court brief in...

  • The last Danssa, Conejo eruv fiasco blamed on Jews

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Cafe Danssa

    The article written by Karla Blume about her family business was poignant, warm, loving ("Silence Replaces Music at Folk Dancing Mecca," Feb. 2). I wish I could have visited Cafe Danssa. Although I am a ballroom dancer, I mourn the loss of any dance venue.


  • Santa Monica apartment building at center of battle receives ‘landmark’ status

    By Jane Ulman

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Santa Monica Landmarks Commission, in opposition to an unambiguous recommendation by the city's Planning Division to deny landmark status to the contested Teriton apartment building at 130-142 San Vicente Blvd., voted unanimously in favor of designating the building a landmark....
  • Alito Would Erode Minority Protection

    By Phyllis Snyder

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "But is it good for the Jews?" That was the question many of our grandparents voiced when they perused the morning papers -- a question we may have dismissed, even with affection, as a narrow or parochial expression.

    Today, we know that what's "good for the Jews" extends beyond...

  • Jesus Day Flap

    By Eric Fingerhut

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The dust-up over Jesus Day is turning into a firestorm. Thanks to the Internet, Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush cannot shake continuing criticism for the role that his religious faith might play in his presidency.

    Bush, the governor of Texas, signed a proclamation...