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Monday, October 20, 2014
Government to Ordained Ministers: Celebrate Same-Sex Wedding or Go to Jail
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:08 PM :: 7773 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Religion

Ministers face a 180-day jail term and $1,000 fine for each day they decline to celebrate the same-sex wedding....

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Sunday, October 12, 2014
Hawaii Churches Join Pulpit Freedom Sunday
By News Release @ 4:04 AM :: 5794 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

...a statement agreeing that the IRS should not control the content of a pastor’s sermon....

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Hawaii Atheists Move to Michigan, Begin Suing
By Selected News Articles @ 5:18 PM :: 7276 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

...Kahle and Huber moved from Hawaii to Norton Shores (MI) last year....

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Saturday, September 20, 2014
Judge Grants TRO as ACLU Pushes Claim That Panhandling is First Amendment Right
By News Release @ 3:48 PM :: 6990 Views :: Hawaii County , First Amendment, Homelessness

The TRO prohibits Hawaii County from interfering with Plaintiff Justin Guy’s right to hold a sign (saying “Homeless Please Help”) by the side of the road....

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Thursday, September 18, 2014
ACLU: Lawsuit Settlement Means New Rules for Protests at Capitol
By News Release @ 6:32 PM :: 4614 Views :: First Amendment

...Plaintiffs call settlement “A win for freedom of speech”....

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
County of Hawai‘i Faces First Amendment Lawsuit Challenging Panhandling Laws
By News Release @ 12:14 AM :: 7580 Views :: Hawaii County , First Amendment, Homelessness

Case to be heard by Judge Mollway on Friday, 9/19/14, 9 a.m....

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Eminent Domain: City Seizure of Protest Signs Illegal?
By Robert Thomas @ 7:33 PM :: 6572 Views :: First Amendment, Land Use

...the City and County of Honolulu condemned an undeveloped lot in rural Oahu for a fire station, but has been met with staunch resistance....

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Honolulu City Lights non-profit display application deadline is August 29
By News Release @ 8:53 PM :: 6818 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Religion

Applications must be received by this Friday, August 29 before 4:30 p.m. at the Mission Memorial Building next to Honolulu Hale, 550 South King St....

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Monday, August 11, 2014
Video: Free Press for a Free Society
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:20 PM :: 4365 Views :: First Amendment

Grassroot President Keli’i Akina sits down with Andrew Walden, Founder and Editor of Hawai'i Free Press....

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Saturday, July 26, 2014
Hawaii Family Forum Publishes Updated Primary Voter Guide
By News Release @ 4:45 PM :: 12207 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Politicians

We strongly encourage you to make direct contact with your candidates and find out if they represent your values....

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Friday, July 25, 2014
Grassroot Institute & Hawaii Family Advocates: Defending Religious Freedom
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:09 PM :: 4519 Views :: First Amendment

Grassroot President Keli’i Akina sits down with attorney Jim Hochberg, President of Hawai’i Family Advocates to  explore the meaning of  religious freedom....

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Sunday, July 13, 2014
Hobby Lobby: Overwrought Divisions?
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:01 PM :: 5813 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

The pitch of public controversy surrounding cultural issues...can give the impression that we live in an intractably divided society with incompatible differences.  But the Hobby Lobby decision suggests that such a tone is overwrought....

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
U.S. Senate Democrats introduce bill to counter Hobby Lobby decision
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:47 AM :: 6907 Views :: First Amendment, Religion, Small Business

Schatz is among several Senate Democrats trying to counter the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case....

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014
After Win at UH Hilo, Free Speech Lawsuits Hit Campuses Nationwide
By News Release @ 11:12 PM :: 6173 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

The filings launch FIRE’s new Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project, a national effort to eliminate unconstitutional speech codes through targeted First Amendment lawsuits....

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014
First Amendment Victory: Supreme Court Rules Against Union Taking Dues From Non-Members
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:53 AM :: 4673 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...the U.S. Supreme Court handed down an important victory for participants in home-health care programs....

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Monday, June 30, 2014
Union apologizes for attacks on former Hawaii governor in lawsuit settlement
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:08 PM :: 7813 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Labor, Politicians

Cayetano sued to clear his name after PRP Hawaii spent $2 million on a media campaign against him....

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Monday, June 30, 2014
Today the Supreme Court Protected Religious Freedom
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:25 PM :: 5779 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business

...the justices ruled the government will not be able to force Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties to provide coverage of four drugs and devices that can end the life of a human embryo....

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Sunday, June 29, 2014
VIDEO: ‘Persecuted’ Opens in Hawaii July 18
By Video @ 5:13 PM :: 6539 Views :: First Amendment, Religion
  • Dole Cannery 18 Honolulu
  • Pearl Highlands 12 Pearl City
  • Keauhou Cinemas 7 Kailua Kona
  • Maui Mall Megaplex 12 Kahului
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Saturday, June 28, 2014
Dozens Rally at Capitol for Religious Freedom
By News Release @ 11:29 PM :: 9886 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

dozens rallied Saturday at the capitol to promote voter registration in churches and to defend religious freedom....

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Friday, June 27, 2014
HPD Ordered to Pay $31K over Censored Facebook Comments
By Andrew Walden @ 4:10 AM :: 95471 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Law Enforcement, Second Amendment

...plaintiffs sued alleging First Amendment violations after the HPD allegedly removed Second Amendment activists' Facebook comments from an HPD Facebook page....

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Sharyl Attkisson Calls Obama Administration ‘Worst Atmosphere’ for Journalists
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:53 AM :: 7875 Views :: National News, First Amendment, Obama

Attkisson is an award-winning investigative reporter who earlier this year made headlines for resigning from CBS News....

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Friday, June 20, 2014
Voter Registration Drive Set for Hawaii Catholic Churches June 21-22
By News Release @ 5:24 AM :: 8377 Views :: First Amendment, Office of Elections, Religion

We ask all those who are not already registered to fill out a voter registration application, which will be made available to you at Mass the weekend of June 21/22....

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Supreme Court Unanimously Protects Pro-Life Freedom of Speech
By News Release @ 4:22 PM :: 5779 Views :: First Amendment, Life, Politicians

Meanwhile in Hawaii: Cayetano vs PRP: You're corrupt so you have no right to say I'm corrupt....

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Vermont's GMO Labeling Law Challenged On Free Speech Grounds
By Robert Thomas @ 3:32 PM :: 4789 Views :: First Amendment, GMOs

...on one hand, the labeling requirement compels speech, while on the other, the prohibition on calling it natural suppresses speech....

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Missing IRS emails outrage targeted Hawaii tea party leaders
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:00 PM :: 6791 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party

Hawaii TEA party leaders are outraged over the news the IRS has lost emails of its former director, Lois Lerner, during a critical time when the agency admitted to targeting conservative groups....

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Thursday, June 5, 2014
Civil Beat 'Tried to Throttle and Censor' Pritchett
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:14 PM :: 5768 Views :: First Amendment

Civil Beat tried to throttle and censor the work of Pritchett who has penned many stinging independent political pieces....

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Thursday, June 5, 2014
ACLU Rejects Amendment to Corral Campaign Spending
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:34 PM :: 3631 Views :: First Amendment

it would “...lead directly to government censorship of political speech...."

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Saturday, May 31, 2014
Carroll Cox: Exposing the Dark Side of Paradise
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:39 PM :: 11411 Views :: DHHL, Environment, Ethics, First Amendment, Law Enforcement

Cox tells how he has literally risked life and limb in the pursuit of the truth behind crime and cover-ups in Hawaii government....

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Court Guts Atheist Lawsuit Against Oahu Churches
By News Release @ 6:27 PM :: 10331 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, Religion

A Hawaii court decided Tuesday to dismiss most of a renewed lawsuit against two Oahu churches....

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Friday, May 23, 2014
IRS Holds Off -- for Now -- on Rules to Restrict Political Groups
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:25 AM :: 6856 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party

Yesterday, the IRS announced it would hold off until next year on new rules that would have restricted the activities of nonprofit groups....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Free Ride for Legislators who Vote Against Religious Freedom?
By Selected News Articles @ 8:43 PM :: 6839 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Politicians

...Cabanilla – the only representative to leave the floor to avoid voting on same sex marriage – still has no real opposition....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
It's Time to End Public University Speech Zones
By Selected News Articles @ 11:04 AM :: 5305 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

Several recent news stories highlight the troubling irony of so-called free speech zones....

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Legislative Prayer, Tradition, and the Establishment Clause
By Robert Thomas @ 5:22 AM :: 6080 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

...U.S. Supreme Court held that town council meetings could open with a prayer without violating the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause....

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Friday, May 16, 2014
Squeezed by Lawsuit, UH Hilo adopts interim policy on speech and assembly
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 6512 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

The University of Hawai'i at Hilo is implementing an interim policy on speech and assembly while the university explores permanent changes to the policy....

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Ryan Anderson and Jim DeMint Promote Religious Liberty in Hawaii
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:28 PM :: 4455 Views :: First Amendment

More than 100 Hawaii conservatives joined Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint in Honolulu....

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Saturday, May 10, 2014
Oahu, Maui, Kona, Hilo: ‘Irreplaceable’ Returns May 15
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:41 PM :: 7530 Views :: Family, First Amendment
What is family? What's happened? And what do we do about it?
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Saturday, May 10, 2014
Settlement Brings Free Speech Victory for MAUIWatch
By News Release @ 6:36 PM :: 5664 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment

The federal lawsuit alleging unconstitutional interference with plaintiff Neldon Mamuad’s prominent “MAUIWatch” Facebook feed settled on 5/8/14....

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Thursday, May 8, 2014
Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint in Honolulu May 8
By News Release @ 3:39 PM :: 6194 Views :: Family, First Amendment
"Liberty is At Stake in Debates on Marriage, Life and Faith: Why People of Faith and All Americans Cannot Be Silent"
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Saiki to UH Hilo Chancellor: Uphold Students’ First Amendment Rights
By Pat Saiki @ 4:14 PM :: 6150 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

...students had been exiled to a “free speech zone” in a remote area of the campus....

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Monday, May 5, 2014
US Supreme Court strongly affirms that Americans are free to pray
By News Release @ 1:57 PM :: 5562 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

“As a practice that has long endured, legislative prayer has become part of our heritage and tradition...That a prayer is given in the name of Jesus, Allah, or Jehovah, or that it makes passing references to religious doctrines, does not remove it from that tradition.” -- US Supreme Court

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Sunday, April 27, 2014
Marriage and Religious Freedom: Heritage Foundation Events May 6-8 Oahu, Maui, Kona, Hilo
By Andrew Walden @ 10:31 PM :: 6586 Views :: Family, First Amendment
  • Kihei Maui May 6
  • Kona & Hilo May 7
  • Honolulu May 8
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Friday, April 25, 2014
Lawsuit: Students Ordered to Stop Handing Out US Constitution at UH Hilo
By News Release @ 2:58 AM :: 10165 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

A student ordered by administrators to stop handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution at the University of Hawaii at Hilo has filed a lawsuit today in federal court....

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Control of the Internet? Bill Clinton Is Concerned and You Should Be, Too
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:29 PM :: 3544 Views :: First Amendment
What do Bill Clinton, The Washington Post, and The Heritage Foundation have in common?
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
HB849 Will Compromise Civil Liberties
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 9089 Views :: First Amendment, Law Enforcement, Military, Second Amendment
What will happen to our rights if a State of Emergency is declared?
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Will IRS Targeting Send Someone to Jail?
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:57 AM :: 7224 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party

...criminal activities, including “violating taxpayers’ constitutional rights,” “misleading investigators,” and “exposing private taxpayer information”....

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Monday, April 7, 2014
Alliance Defending Freedom asks court to dismiss renewed attack on Hawaii churches
By News Release @ 4:42 PM :: 6839 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, Religion

...atheists are once again falsely accusing the two churches, One Love Ministries and Calvary Chapel Central Oahu, of defrauding the government even though the court dismissed their claims earlier this year....

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Friday, April 4, 2014
This CEO Made a Political Donation, Then Lost His Job Because Liberals Didn't Like It
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:37 AM :: 5730 Views :: Family, First Amendment

The chief executive of Mozilla resigned yesterday amid protests over his $1,000 donation in support of California’s Proposition 8, which defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman....

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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Q&A on Supreme Court's New Campaign Finance Decision
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:42 PM :: 4102 Views :: First Amendment

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that it is unconstitutional to limit the total amount of money someone can give to political candidates....

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
ACLU Sues, Claims Pre-K Program Not Secular Enough
By Selected News Articles @ 4:33 PM :: 7037 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, Religion
"It is not enough to allow students or their families to 'opt out' of portions of the program which are religious in nature," the ACLU says....
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Friday, March 28, 2014
Rules for Protests at Hawaii State Capitol Challenged as Unconstitutional in Federal Court
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 4500 Views :: First Amendment
Public access to grounds and rotunda, noted in the run-up to 2011 APEC meeting, now an issue for upcoming ASEAN meeting, April 1-2.
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