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Liberty of conscience alive among Roger Williams University students

April 18th, 2017 by efitzpatrick

Taylor Stoermer, professor who teaches the history and modern practice of democracy at RWU and public history at Harvard University:

To Roger Williams, liberty of conscience was everything. In one’s conscience lay the very keys to life in this world and the next, as study leads to thought, thought to belief, belief to faith, and faith to salvation.

"The Press & The President" panel sparks debate about Spicer

April 5th, 2017 by efitzpatrick

Kyle Souza, junior journalism major at Roger Williams University:

It’s no secret that President Donald Trump is a fierce critic of the news media. Whether it’s a tweet he sends out at 3 a.m. bashing The New York Times or his verbal attacks on White House reporters during press availability, he has made it clear that he is not a fan of what the news media has to offer.

As president, Trump has jettisoned protocol when it comes to working with the news media. But he works for the residents of the country, and the journalists that work inside the White House must provide the news that the public needs to hear -- which might sometimes include news that Trump may otherwise want to downplay.

Donald Trump and the full-employment-for-lawyers presidency

April 4th, 2017 by efitzpatrick

David A. Logan, professor of law and former dean of the RWU School of Law, who has studied and written extenstively about First Amendment issues:

One thing you can say for Donald Trump’s presidency: He sure keeps lawyers busy.

Within weeks of taking office, he suddenly rolled out immigration rules that banned entrance to travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, creating chaos and great anxiety at many airports. But that action was immediately challenged by state attorneys general and held unconstitutional by federal judges. And it brought hundreds of pro bono lawyers to airports across the country to help innocent people caught up in a Kafkaesque regime.