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Affluent Christian Investor | October 21, 2017

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Posts ByGeorge Leef, Author at Affluent Christian Investor

October 13, 2017 |

Do Cakes and Floral Arrangements Raise First Amendment Issues?

Two heated cases that are before the Supreme Court are Masterpiece Cakeshop (which the Court agreed to hear last June) and Arlene’s Flowers (for which the petition for certiorari is still pending). In both, the owners face punishment for … Read More

September 28, 2017 |

Will Courts Defend Free Speech – Or Forced Speech to Promote a Political Agenda?

One of the great liberal (in the true sense of the word) decisions by the Supreme Court is West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, the 1943 case where the justices struck down a law that forced school children of … Read More

September 21, 2017 |

DeVos vs. Sexual Harassment Accusation Show Trials

It is very rare for a federal agency to admit having made a mistake and rarer still for the secretary of a cabinet department to announce a U-turn in policy in a heavily publicized speech. But that is exactly what … Read More

September 15, 2017 |

More Proof We Don’t Need the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities

In an article I posted on Forbes in July, I lamented the fact that the National Endowment for the Humanities had funded the research for Professor Nancy MacLean’s hatchet job of a book entitled Democracy in Chains.

I was sure that the … Read More

August 23, 2017 |

Trump’s Secretary of Labor Attacks One of Our Worst Job Barriers

I was disappointed when President Trump’s first choice for Secretary of Labor, restaurant magnate Andy Puzder, was forced to withdraw his name. He would have made great use of the office as a Bully Pulpit to highlight the many ways … Read More

August 11, 2017 |

Can Google Get Away With It?

For any readers who don’t know about this case already, “it” refers to Google’s decision to fire an engineer because he posted a ten-page internal memo that took issue with some of the firm’s policies, especially its “diversity” stance.

(The … Read More

July 25, 2017 |

The Government Shouldn’t Force Pro-Life Doctors to Promote Abortion, and a Federal Judge Agrees

The Alliance Defending Freedom is a public interest law firm that fights to maintain religious liberty, free speech, and the right of people to freely live out their faith. The group was recently branded a “hate-group” by the Southern … Read More

June 28, 2017 |

Four States Advance Against the Evils of Civil Asset Forfeiture, But the Feds Do Nothing

Like a bad skin disease that spreads rapidly once it takes hold, civil asset forfeiture grew rapidly for several decades, in the 80s and 90s especially. Once law enforcement agencies figured out how to turn it into an easy … Read More

June 13, 2017 |

Government Officials Try To Ban People Who Hold ‘Wrong’ Beliefs

America’s hyper-politicization continues to grow apace. We now find public officials who regard themselves as “progressive” attacking citizens who don’t happen to agree with every aspect of their agenda (i.e., state regulation of just about everything). A revealing case like … Read More

June 12, 2017 |

Court Fails to Uphold Tenure Protection… For Conservative Professor

In the fall of 2014, Marquette University political science professor John McAdams did something that thousands of academics do every day – he wrote a blog post expressing his opinion about something. That post, however, wound up getting him … Read More

March 30, 2017 |

Another Case Showing Why People Shouldn’t Be Forced Into Unions

Labor unions have been known to do many despicable things to grab dues money from workers who don’t want anything to do with them. A current Minnesota case is about as bad as you’ll ever find.

In 2013, the … Read More

March 27, 2017 |

Yet Another Assault On Freedom Of Contract And Property Rights

Once cornerstones of America, freedom of contract and property rights are being reduced to rubble by federal, state, and local officials. A case arising out of an ordinance passed in Seattle is illustrative of the trend.

On January 1, … Read More

March 10, 2017 |

How DeVos Can End Campus Rape Accusation Frenzy

Among the great blunders of Jimmy Carter’s presidency was creating a U.S. Department of Education. The federal government has no constitutional role in education and this sprawling bureaucracy has chiefly enabled legions of bureaucrats to impose their misbegotten ideas … Read More

March 1, 2017 |

Government Outlaws No Trespassing Sign – on Private Beach!

Northwest Florida is largely inhabited by conservative folk who believe in private property and limited government under the Constitution. Nevertheless, officials in Walton County have been hammering both the First Amendment and property rights in an effort to gain … Read More

February 23, 2017 |

Model Bill to Protect Free Speech on Campus

A Bill For State Lawmakers To Protect Free Speech On Their Campuses

Much as administrators and faculty dislike it, the fact is that public colleges are subject to both the First Amendment and the state legislatures that fund them. … Read More

February 13, 2017 |

There’s No Such Thing As ‘Free College’ But Two Blue States Will Try Anyway

One of the good aspects of federalism is that it allows states to go their own way. As Justice Louis Brandeis put it, they can be “laboratories of democracy.”

Unfortunately, that often means that interest groups can capture state legislatures … Read More

January 27, 2017 |

We Have Too Many Law Schools, but This Isn’t the Way to Thin the Herd

On December 19, the U.S. Department of Education announced that as of the end of the year, it would no longer allow students to use federal aid money at the Charlotte School of Law (CSL). The reason for this unprecedented … Read More

January 10, 2017 |

Lawsuit Unearths University Bigwigs’ Financial Corruption Proof

The University of Texas has a governing body – the Board of Regents — that is supposed to oversee its administration. In recent years, one regent has taken his job “too seriously” in the view of top university officials, … Read More

December 19, 2016 |

College Officials Tell Students: You May Speak Freely As Long As It’s Within Our (Tiny) Speech Zone

Hostility to free speech has become a salient characteristic of American college campuses. Speech codes that make it dangerous for students (or anyone else) to say things that might be regarded as offensive or “harassing” are all too common — … Read More

December 16, 2016 |

The Feds Should Stop Luring Students Into Ruinous College Debts

American college students have taken to saying that they need “safe spaces” on campus. They really don’t, since all they’re after is “safety” from ideas they dislike. But if they were thinking ahead to life after graduation, many might … Read More

December 12, 2016 |

Uh, Oh — Trump Thinks That Flag Burning Should Be Criminalized

Recently, president-elect Trump sent a tweet that ought to alarm the majority of Americans who voted for another candidate as well as most of those who voted for him. Here’s what Trump wrote: “Nobody should be allowed to burn … Read More

November 30, 2016 |

Note To Trump: Cut Useless, Unauthorized Spending And Here’s The Place To Start

Let’s take Donald Trump at his word that he means to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C. One aspect of that swamp is the way federal agencies spend money on public relations and outright propaganda.

The erosion of budgetary constraints … Read More

November 25, 2016 |

The Ideal Trump Supreme Court Pick

Following Donald Trump’s election, disappointed Democrats fired off salvoes of red hot rhetoric. Among them was Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon. He was upset that the empty seat on the Supreme Court would not now be filled by a “liberal,” … Read More

November 18, 2016 |

College Officials Versus First Amendment

Just how desperately college and university administrators want to control what students say lest anyone take offense or feel “harassed” is revealed by a policy adopted at Iowa State University (ISU).

ISU students are told that they must abide by … Read More

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