Teacher Berates Student for Not Reciting Pledge, Gets Fired

A substitute teacher at a high school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, berated a student who did not stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance in front of the class. She was fired by the district, but that doesn't go nearly far enough, in my view. … [Read more...]

Lawsuit Against SCOTUS Justices for Gay Marriage Ruling is Dismissed

You may recall that back in February, an incredibly stupid attorney from Alabama filed a federal lawsuit against the five Supreme Court justices who were in the majority in the Obergefell decision. I said at the time that it would be quickly dismissed and so it has. … [Read more...]

Suit Filed Against Utah Anti-Gay Education Laws

Equality Utah and the National Center for Lesbian Rights have filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Utah over a series of laws that restrict any and all positive portrayals of LGBT people, among other clearly discriminatory restrictions. … [Read more...]

Trump’s Incoherent Babbling on Press Freedom and Defamation Laws

Donald Trump did an interview with a Florida TV station in which he offered a completely incoherent position on press freedom. He wants to change our libel laws to be like England's, then describes our current system as the one he favors. … [Read more...]

Trump Explains Major Supreme Court Decisions

Above the Law, which is sort of the Wonkette of the legal blogosphere, decided to put together some major Supreme Court decisions and how Donald Trump might describe them if asked to do so. The results are absolutely hilarious, of course. A few of my favorites: … [Read more...]

Conservative Con Law Scholars Speak Out Against Trump

A group calling themselves Originalists Against Trump, which includes some of the most prominent conservative legal scholars in the country, has put up a website taking a strong stand against electing Donald Trump as president. … [Read more...]

Jeffress: Judges Invented a Right to Privacy

Robert Jeffress, a megachurch preacher whose ignorance of constitutional law (and practically everything else) seems to know no bounds, repeats the tired old inanity that the Constitution does not contain a right to privacy and judges just made it up out of thin air. … [Read more...]

Rick Scarborough is Utterly Clueless

Wingnut preacher Rick Scarborough of Vision America couldn't be more clueless if he intentionally set out to achieve that. His latest holy water cistern full of stupid is his declaration that gay marriage "literally made it unlawful and illegal for Christians to hold positions on the federal courts." … [Read more...]

Klingenschmitt’s Weird ‘Understanding’ of the Constitution

Gordon Klingenschmitt has a rather bizarre conception of what the Constitution says. In response to the government finally agreeing to allow Chelsea Manning to have sex reassignment surgery, he says it's unconstitutional for the government to do so. … [Read more...]

The Danger of Robert Bork

Robert Bork died several years ago but he is still lauded by the right wing as having been unfairly denied a seat on the Supreme Court (he wasn't) and for being the model of a good conservative justice (he isn't). This is something I wrote in the early days of my blog addressing Bork's horrifying views. … [Read more...]

Another Man Arrested for Flag Desecration

It's been 25 years since the Supreme Court overturned all laws against flag "desecration," but word seems to travel might slow to some parts of the country. The police in Lafayette, Louisiana have arrested a man for setting a flag on fire. The ACLU of Louisiana tries to educate the ignorant local police: … [Read more...]

Principal Promises to Defy Constitution if Students Don’t Stand for Pledge

A public school principal in Florida is promising -- threatening -- to violate the rights of students by punishing them if they don't stand for the Pledge of Allegiance or National Anthem. Please try that. You'll be sued and you'll lose. … [Read more...]