FFRF Files Suit Over Trump’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Executive Order

My friends at the Freedom From Religion Foundation have already filed a federal lawsuit challenging Trump's executive order pretending to support "religious freedom" by ostensibly, but not really, loosening the restrictions on politicking known as the Johnson Amendment. … [Read more...]

Trump Still Wants to Make It Easier to Sue the Media

Several times during last year's campaign, Donald Trump threatened the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of the press by demanding the right to sue the media for stories he thinks are false. Reince Priebus says they're still looking at possibly doing that with legislation. … [Read more...]

KY Governor Signs Bill to Create Public School Bible Class

Kentucky Gov. Matt Blevin signed a bill into law that requires the state to develop a curriculum for a Bible course. Two courses, actually, one for the Old Testament and one for the New Testament. It would be an elective class in public schools. The bill: … [Read more...]

How Conservative Judges Made Trump’s Sanctuary City Order Unconstitutional

Notre Dame law professor Garrett Epps explains at the Atlantic how a ruling by the conservative judges on the Supreme Court 20 years ago is the key precedent that makes Trump's executive order punishing "sanctuary cities" unconstitutional. … [Read more...]

Mikey Gets a Non-Threatening but Inane Email

My friend Mikey Weinstein gets a lot of nasty emails containing threats and anti-Semitic bigotry, but this one is a bit different. The person went to a debate that he participated in and writes a polite but highly illogical email preaching at Mikey to convert to Christianity. I'm going to actually respond to this one. … [Read more...]

Sessions Lamely Tries to Defend Comments on Hawaiian Judge

After generating a great deal of controversy by expressing his astonishment that a judge "sitting on an island in the Pacific" can issue an order preventing the president from enforcing an order the court found unconstitutional, he's offering up a seriously lame defense. … [Read more...]

Texas Nailed Again for Racial Gerrymandering

A panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has, for the second time in just a few weeks, ruled that the Republican-dominated Texas legislature intentionally drew congressional districts to dilute the influence of minority voters, engaging in unconstitutional racial gerrymandering. … [Read more...]

TX School Removes Crosses from Classroom

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center successfully got crosses removed from an elementary school classroom in Texas without having to file a lawsuit. After sending a letter to the school, they apparently realized that they had no legal case and removed the crosses. … [Read more...]

Trump Trying to Force Twitter to Reveal Identity of Critic

The Trump administration is trying to force Twitter to reveal the identity of the person behind one of those "alt" accounts purporting to be someone inside an executive agency. Twitter has filed a lawsuit over it, seeking to protect the privacy of their customers. … [Read more...]

Liberty Counsel’s Absurd Take on a Losing Lawsuit

Liberty Counsel filed a lawsuit [CORRECTION: Sorry, but I was wrong about this. I assumed they had filed it because what law firm issues a press release about a case they aren't involved in? But they did not file it, someone else did.] that they admitted was ridiculous against same-sex marriage, though it wasn't ridiculous in the way they thought it was. They filed it on behalf of two people, one who wanted to marry their computer and the other wanted to marry their parrot. That suit has been … [Read more...]

Fischer Doesn’t Understand How the Courts Work

Wingnut extraordinaire Bryan Fischer once again puts his ignorance and hypocrisy on display by urging Trump to defy the federal judge in Hawaii who issued an injunction preventing enforcement of the Muslim ban 2.0. He seems to have no idea how the courts actually work. … [Read more...]

Trump Incitement to Violence Suit to Move Forward

Several times during the election last year, Donald Trump encouraged his fans at rallies to mistreat any protesters in the building. He even said he'd pay their legal fees if they did so at one point. Now several people roughed up are suing him for inciting violence and a judge just refused to dismiss the case and is sending it to a full trial. … [Read more...]