First Amendment – Hasso Hering


A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

The sign is little, the message big

Written July 13th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Does the First Amendment need defending, as this yard sign in front of the offices of St. Mary’s Parish in Albany urges us to do? Yes, it does, because the bedrock freedoms it guarantees are under constant and increasing attack.

Wedding cakes and free speech

Written July 6th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Oregon law, according to Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, says that if you make cakes as a business, you must make one for a gay wedding even if you oppose gay weddings. But you don’t have to be quiet about it. The First Amendment protects¬†your right to speak out,¬†as affirmed in the same-sex marriage ruling the […]

What’s liberty when safety tops all?

Written May 12th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Gov. Kate Brown has signed SB 941, which infringes on a part of the Bill of Rights in the name of public safety. It doesn’t infringe much more than existing law on criminal background checks for firearms transfers already does. But still, how long before we cut back on rights that are much more dangerous […]

Schrader’s amendment: Bad idea

Written May 18th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Oregon Congressman Kurt Schrader, D-5th District, wants to fiddle with the First Amendment in order to keep rich people from supporting lots of candidates in federal elections. He should forget it. Once we start making exceptions to freedom of speech, other limits on liberty will be easier to impose.

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