Free Speech

Thursday on First Coast Connect we talked about an upcoming OneJax Civil Discourse event with OneJax Director Nancy Broner and local philanthropist Laurie DeBow (01:12).

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Thursday on First Coast Connect we had a discussion on free speech on college campuses with University of Pennsylvania professor and author the book “Free Speech on Campus,” Dr. Sigal Ben-Porath (01:00).

We heard about the latest treatments for pancreatic cancer with Dr. Michael Wallace, gastroenterologist with the Mayo Clinic (23:35).          

With Veterans Day on Saturday we spoke with attorneys Michael Stanski and Jason Odom on the general legal needs for veterans (31:45).

There are several events on Saturday to commemorate Veterans Day including parades in Jacksonville and St. Augustine.

Veterans Council of St. Johns County Chairman Bill Dudley and Military Officers Association of America, St. Augustine Chapter President Ron Birchall joined us to talk about the St. Augustine parade (46:00).   

Florida Coastal School of Law

A Florida Coastal School of Law professor will be making the case that government should stay silent on controversial issues at a First Coast Freethought Society forum Monday night.

The lecture, titled "When the Government Should Shut Up," will highlight how government contradicts itself about what qualifies as free speech.

Free speech is the linchpin of a free society and one of America’s most deeply held values. That's the premise behind a special event on the UNF campus.

The panel discussion will look at the origins and function of the First Amendment, guaranteeing Americans the right to free speech and free expression.

"These issues are timely," said David Schwam-Baird, professor of political science at UNF. Schwam-Baird and Earl Coggins, president of the First Coast Free Thought Society, appeared on First Coast Connect.

Some call free speech the linchpin of a free society and one of America’s most deeply held values. We look at the First Amendment's role in our society, as well as a discussion on the topic taking place at UNF Tuesday night, with Earl Coggins, president of the First Coast Free Thought Society, and David Schwam-Baird, UNF professor of political science.

Dr. Denise Bossy, UNF associate professor of history, joins us to discuss the historical and cultural impact of the Yamasee War of 1715.

Atheist Monument Coming To Starke Courthouse

Jun 5, 2013
Dave Muscato of American Atheists.

The organization American Atheists is constructing what they say is the first Atheist monument on public property at the Bradford County Courthouse in Starke.

Last year, a Christian group called Community Men’s Fellowship erected a five-foot tall depiction of the Ten Commandments outside the courthouse.