On “Weaponizing” the First Amendment

Associate Justice Elena Kagan in the dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME said the Court is “weaponizing the First Amendment.”

Episode 52: Civility, The Supreme Court, and Bill Charlier

For this episode of the Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, Shane Vander Hart discusses the decline of civility in political discourse, Supreme Court news, and has a conversation with Bill Charlier who is running in Iowa House District 32.

A Win for Free Speech and Free Expression in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court decided 5 to 4 that the state of California’s law forcing pro-life organizations to advertise taxpayer-funded abortion services was likely unconstitutional. 

SCOTUS Green Lights Sales Tax Collection from Out-of-State Online Retailers

The Supreme Court ruled five to four that South Dakota can require out-of-state online retailers to collect sales tax from online purchases made by residents of their state.

Oral Arguments Heard in Vital Religious Liberty Case Before Supreme Court

Money quote from Justice Anthony Kennedy: “…the state in its position here has neither been tolerant nor respectful of Mr. Phillips religious beliefs.”

SCOTUS Levels Playing Field for Religious Institutions Using Public Funds

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7 to 2 in favor of a Missouri church who was denied a state grant to improve the safety of their preschool’s playground.

Supreme Court Rules Unanimously In Favor of Free Speech

The Supreme Court, in a rare unanimous decision, ruled that the government’s definition of political correctness does not trump the freedom of speech.

Justice Samuel Alito’s Somber Warning About Religious Liberty

Justice Samuel Alito: “The idea that speech can be banned if it expresses an idea that is offensive is spreading around the country.”

The Supreme Court Priorities: Abortion Before Religious Liberty

The Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the appeal of Stormans Inc. v. Wiesman is even more troubling as it prioritizes abortion over religious liberty.

Clarence Thomas Tears Apart Supreme Court’s Abortion Jurisprudence

Justice Clarence Thomas tears apart the Supreme Court’s abortion jurisprudence in a dissenting opinion in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt decision.

Bobby Jindal Jabs at Establishment Republicans

In a packed room in Waukee, Iowa, Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) pointed to problems with establishment Republicans acquiescing on principles.

Supreme Court Decision on Marriage is a Blow Against Liberty

The ruling by the Court in favor of same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges in is in reality a blow against liberty, not for it as the majority claims.

SCOTUS Ruling a Big Win for Religious Liberty

The Supreme Court this morning ruled 5-4 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby…

Supreme Court Finds DOMA Unconstitutional; Doesn’t Rule on Proposition 8

The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) and declines to rule on Proposition 8 leaving marriage battle with the states.

Lecturer-In-Chief Chides Supreme Court

President Barack Obama decided to chide the Supreme Court of the United…