Texas Supreme Court Tackles Tax on Strip Clubs

Statesman.com:  “Owners say fee violates free speech; officials say it aids public safety.  Is exotic dancing, performed partially clothed or fully nude, a form of free speech protected by the U.S. Constitution? Strip club owners insist that it is, and on Thursday they asked the Texas Supreme Court to strike down the state’s $5-per-patron tax as an unconstitutional limit on free expression.

Troubling Signals On Free Speech

National Journal Magazine:  “In his eagerness to please international opinion, President Obama has taken a small but significant step toward censoring free speech.  It was nice to hear Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton say on October 26, “I strongly disagree” with Islamic countries seeking to censor free speech worldwide by making defamation of religion a crime under international law.  But watch what the Obama administration does, not just what it says.  I’m not talking about its attacks on Fox News.  I’m talking about a little-publicized October 2 resolution in which Clinton’s own State Department joined Islamic nations in adopting language all-too-friendly to censoring speech that some religions and races find offensive.”

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