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September 28, 2012 3:06 AM
"FREEDOM OF SPEECH" At the United Nations, President Barack Obama spoke about deadly riots sparked by an anti-Islam video. He said, "there are no words that excuse the killing of innocents." Many of the rioters have demanded that the U.S. government impose restrictions on speech that they find offensive. But the U.S. Constitution gives broad protection for free speech. GUEST Gene Policinski: Senior Vice President and Executive director, First Amendment Center. "FREEDOM OF RELIGION" The First Amendment to the US Constitution not only protects freedom of speech, but also freedom of religion. What does freedom of religion mean in American law and society? GUEST Nina Shea: Director, Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson Institute.

On the Line "Freedom of Speech / Freedom of Religion"

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Published September 27, 2012

"FREEDOM OF SPEECH" At the United Nations, President Barack Obama spoke about deadly riots sparked by an anti-Islam video. He said, "there are no words that excuse the killing of innocents." Many of the rioters have demanded that the U.S. government impose restrictions on speech that they find offensive. But the U.S. Constitution gives broad protection for free speech. GUEST Gene Policinski: Senior Vice President and Executive director, First Amendment Center. "FREEDOM OF RELIGION" The First Amendment to the US Constitution not only protects freedom of speech, but also freedom of religion. What does freedom of religion mean in American law and society? GUEST Nina Shea: Director, Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson Institute.

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FERGUSON - A COMMUNITY ON EDGE
The small city of Ferguson, Missouri has been at the center of American media attention since 18 year old Michael Brown was shot dead by police just over three months ago. It was a white officer and an African American victim, a majority black community policed by mostly white officers, a community that says for years it has endured systematic racism at the hands of a white run political system. And now, the media attention has added to the already tense situation. Gun sales have reportedly spiked. Some local communities have taken steps to warn its residents to be ready for violence when the grand jury’s decision is announced. ON THE LINE takes a look at Ferguson, Missouri – a city on edge.
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