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Artistic Expression

Threatening Lyrics In Music Video Not Protected Speech, Pa. High Court Rules

An online music video filled with violent threats directed towards two cops was a “true threat” and not protected speech […]

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Starry Night House Gets The “Gogh” Ahead From Mayor

A Florida couple whose house is painted with murals of the famous painting of Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” reached […]

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Flag Art Installation At University of Kansas Did Not Sit Well With All Stripes, Including Governor

The University of Kansas removed an altered U.S. flag that was flying on campus as part of an art exhibit […]

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Supreme Court Hands Down Ruling in Masterpiece Cake Case

The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Jack C. Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakeland, Colorado, who refused to design and create a wedding cake for a celebration of a same-sex marriage saying that a state commission violated the Constitution's protection of religious freedom when it ruled against Phillips. Phillips had claimed that the creation of the cake is artistic expression protected by the First Amendment’s free speech and free exercise of religion clause. The couple and Colorado argued that Phillips’ work on the cake was not expressive conduct according to the law and that the state had a significant interest in preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation. “The neutral and respectful consideration to which Phillips was entitled was compromised here,” Justice Kennedy wrote in the decision. “The Civil Rights Commission’s treatment of his case has some elements of a clear and impermissible hostility toward the sincere religious beliefs that motivated his objection.”

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As Summer Starts Maryland Judge Says Restrictions On Boardwalk Performers Unconstitutional

A U.S. district court judge in Maryland ruled that restrictions on street performers in Ocean City is unconstitutional. The decision says the restrictions placed a "substantial burden" on harmless speech.

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Artist mural of Trump's comments about women

A Provocative Mural in Louisiana Stirs Artistic Expression Debate

When real estate developer Neal Morris commissioned local street artist Cashy D last November to create a wall mural using a […]

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Confederate Statues In Charlottesville Continue to Divide

The debate over the removal of Confederate statues has loomed large over the past five years, met with protests, violence and now a question by the President over whether history is being rewritten.

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Court Rules Baring Breasts Not Protected by First Amendment

The United States Court of Appeals for the  Seventh Circuit ruled that a Chicago ordinance did not violate the First […]

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