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Newsblog 5

Forgive the long absence. I’ve been working on my first book, and will be doing so for months to come, but I just wanted to get an update out there.   Two men were killed and a third injured when they confronted a white supremacist who was harassing a young Muslim woman and her friend … Continue reading

Newsblog 3

Newsblog 3: The next few posts will be devoted to brief profiles of Trump’s cabinet picks from separation of church and state and science literacy standpoints. Rex Tillerson-Sec. of State: former CEO of Exxon Mobil; as CEO rejected a push by shareholders to pivot to renewables; not a climate change denier but not a fan … Continue reading

Je Suis Charlie

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes famously wrote “…if there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other, it is the principle of free thought-not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.” United States v. Schwimmer, 279 US 644, 654-655 (1929). … Continue reading

Dismantling The Wall

Last week I had the opportunity to present the first in a series of talks on the First Amendment hosted by the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers. I spoke to a group of lawyers and law students about the rise of the new religious freedom movement and its impact on civil liberties. Called “Dismantling the … Continue reading

With Friends Like These: The Extraordinary Influence of Religious Conservatives

Liz Cheney threw her sister under the bus this week. Mary Cheney is gay, married with two children, and, up until Liz decided political office is infinitely more important to her than family, Mary and her wife had enjoyed the open support of the Cheney family. An ardent conservative, the former vice president surprised many … Continue reading


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