- Paul Sherman, Institute for Justice
On April 22, 2013, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc. The question in the case is whether United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act of 2003, 22 U.S.C. § 7631(f), which requires an organization to have a policy explicitly opposing prostitution and sex trafficking in order to receive federal funding to provide HIV and AIDS programs overseas, violates the First Amendment.
To discuss the case we have Erik Jaffe, a Washington, D.C. attorney who specializes in appellate litigation.
On April 11, 2013, the Indianapolis Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society hosted an event featuring Greg Lukianoff, President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Mr. Lukianoff discussed his new book "Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of the American Debate". Introduction by Mr. Brian J. Paul of Ice Miller LLP and President of the Indianapolis Lawyers Chapter.
Two current cases sharing substantively similar facts illustrate the current legal debate over legislative prayer. On November 8, 2012, in Rubin v. City of Lancaster, the U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral argument on a challenge to a legislative prayer practice.17 And on December 6, 2012, a Petition for Certiorari was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Galloway v. Town of Greece.18 In both cases, the towns created opportunities for private citizens to voluntarily open town council meetings with invocations....[Read More!]
The West is also now experiencing a move toward new blasphemy standards through bans on "hate speech," "the stereotyping of Islam," and charges of "Islamophobia." The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) within the United Nations and in the European Union has been a visible proponent of hate speech restrictions and other measures. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that the U.S. government will sponsor a conference with the OIC on how to implement a U.N. resolution combating "negative stereotyping" of Islam, the focus of a recent U.N. resolution. Speakers at our conference on November 4 addressed the prevalence of trends concerning hate speech and blasphemy laws, and whether they pose a serious threat to the freedoms of citizens of the West, including Muslims, as well as people in OIC member states. This panel on "The Muslim World" featured Prof. David F. Forte of Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall School of Law; Mr. Amjad Mahmood Khan of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA; Mr. Jacob Mchangama of the Center for Political Studies (Copenhagen, Denmark); Mr. Samuel Tadros of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom; and Mr. James P. Kelly III, Director of International Affairs at the The Federalist Society, as the moderator.