Governors can’t suspend the First Amendment

A federal district court judge has taught Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (a Democrat) a valuable lesson: The COVID-19 pandemic does not give her the right to suspend the First Amendment right of Kansans to practice their religious beliefs. Several other state and local officials should take heed, too. Kelly signed a series of executive orders restricting public and private activities due to the COVID-19 crisis. On April 7, she issued Executive Order 20-18, prohibiting “mass gatherings” of more than 10 people in a confined or enclosed space. Violators were subject to up to a year in prison, a $2,500 fine, or both.

New York City Will Fine You for Saying ‘Illegal Alien.’ That’s an Assault on the Constitution.

10/3: The propaganda, surveillance, and censorship of Big Brother in George Orwell’s novel “1984” has now arrived in New York.

New York Continues to Obstruct ICE with Proposed Fines

9/29: New York City's Commission on Human Rights is suggesting that there should be $250,000 fines for using terms like "illegal alien" or threatening to call ICE.

On Constitution Day, We Must Fight Social Media Censorship

9/17: ACRU Senior Fellow Kerri Toloczko honors Constitution Day by explaining how Founding Father Benjamin Franklin would react to the Left's current attempts at censorship in social media.

Spakovsky: Democrats Try to Use the FEC Against Free Speech

9/12: ACRU Policy Board Member Hans von Spakovsky reports on how Democratic Federal Election Commission chairwoman Ellen Weintraub is planning to use the board's regulatory power to hamper free speech from Republicans.