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Boom! Lawyered: If You’re a Rapper, Your Lyrics Can Send You to Jail

In the latest episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo discuss the case of Jamal Knox, a young rapper who was convicted for terroristic threats and witness intimidation based on the lyrics of his music. When are words “true threats,” and when are they protected free speech? And why do most court cases on speech seem to be decided in whichever direction benefits white Christian patriarchy?

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The Burning Houses of Worship We Missed

Gordon Haber

Unless you actively follow the issues facing minority religions you probably heard little or nothing about the destruction and desecration of mosques that's part of a larger Chinese governmental effort to expunge Islam from China.


God Need Not Be Real, But the Black Hole Photo Is

Ed Simon

There are certain theological implications to the black hole. Not that it confirms any literal or conventional belief in a deity. God need not be real for divinity to be an applicable concept, for it’s good enough that the black hole is real.

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[Photo: Tennessee Governor Bill Lee speaks with the press.]

Tennessee Republicans are pushing for the end of legal abortion in the state of 6.7 million people if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes a blow to Roe vs. Wade.

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