The Ideology of Texas Republicans, Part 3

The Texas Republican Party platform of 2010 called for an outright ban on pornography: “We urge more stringent legislation to prohibit all pornography including virtual pornography and operation of sexually–oriented businesses.” While expressing support for the principle of free speech in theory, Texas Republicans seek to limit free speech in practice.

Free speech means exactly […]

“Balancing” Free Speech

The Chronicle reports that Texas colleges are trying to “balance” free speech and “hateful speech.”

Campuses responding to racist posters or planned controversial events – such as white nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech at Texas A&M university in December – can find themselves in a tough position. University leaders must balance the right to free speech […]

Do You Have a License to Say That?

There is a very good opinion piece in the Chronicle on occupational licensing. In January 2016, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the Texas psychologists’ licensing law violated the First Amendment. The legislature is considering a new law to make such licensing constitutional.

The Texas law was similar to those in […]

Little Bits 3

A Short Lesson in Rights The Chronicle reports that Little Woodrow’s prohibited a potential customer from entering one of its restaurants because the Houston-based chain does not allow entrance to those with tattoos on their face or neck. Whether one agrees with that policy or not, the owner has a moral right to determine who […]