Category Archives: freedom of speech

Bravo John Roberts

Let’s hear it for the latest decision of the Supreme Court. I never thought I would be saying this about a Robert’s Court decision, but miracles do happen. Earlier this year, the Westboro Baptist Church protested at our High Holiday … Continue reading

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In the glow of protest, full of hope and possibilities (*Edited)

I can’t help but feel spirited support for the protests that are going on in Egypt right now. The diverse voices (at least for Egypt diverse) in Tahrir Square in Cairo, and in many other cities in Egypt, demanding political … Continue reading

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Reaching for the “better angels of our nature”

President Obama’s speech at the Tucson Memorial Service:

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“Stuff your eyes with wonder…”

I don’t know if there is an actual written law about needing to get rid of the Constitution tests that the students take, but we don’t give them back to them. I guess this is done because next year’s students … Continue reading

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Where is Charlton Heston when you really need him?

Today I broke my 8th grade students into pairs and each pair examined a different Supreme Court case that had to do with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…” … Continue reading

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Freedom of Speech

Imagine my surprise going to school yesterday and hearing that the Westboro Baptist Church, the group that protested outside our house of worship this last Rosh Hashannah (Shofar Blows), was arguing a case before the Supreme Court today (Phelps v … Continue reading

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Shofar blows

Rosh Hashanah…the New Year, the birth of the world, a joyous celebration. On Tuesday, members of my congregation received the following email from our rabbi: [We] have just received the very upsetting news that members of Westboro Baptist Church will … Continue reading

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