Morning Briefs

Liberal SCOTUS Justice: No First Amendment Right to Burn Koran

Stephen Breyer thinks burning the American flag is protected speech under the First Amendment. He thinks simulated child pornography is protected Free Speech. But burning a Koran is not protected speech.

Last week we saw a Florida Pastor – with 30 members in his church – threaten to burn Korans which lead to riots and killings in Afghanistan. We also saw Democrats and Republicans alike assume that Pastor Jones had a Constitutional right to burn those Korans. But Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer told me on “GMA” that he’s not prepared to conclude that — in the internet age — the First Amendment condones Koran burning.

“Holmes said it doesn’t mean you can shout ‘fire’ in a crowded theater,” Breyer told me. “Well, what is it? Why? Because people will be trampled to death. And what is the crowded theater today? What is the being trampled to death?”

So, our Constitutional Rights, in Breyer’s view, can be over-ruled if Muslims threaten to kill us for exercising them.

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2 responses

  1. Ah, more of that fundamentally changed America, I see.

    These frauds must be exposed and hung with their own words.

    Making other people pay for goods and services you want is now a “right”.

    It is illegal and punishable by fine, and ultimately imprisonment (just try telling the IRS to get stuffed because you’re not gonna pay it) to not buy a particular service.

    Burning Bibles and American flags is free speech, but the Koran is “sacred”?

    I sure Hope we Change back to sensibility come the next elections.

    Nah, forget “hope”. Get out and volunteer for campaigns by candidates who understand governments place. A good start is locating your local teaparty. Get involved and get the government you deserve. Dammit.

    September 14, 2010 at 10:32 am

  2. Beef

    What an idiot Breyer is. Irrationally induced violence is not equivalent to rationally (if falsely) induced panic. Symbolism by itself puts no one in actual danger, and violent reaction to symbolic speech is the responsibility of the perpetrator, not the speaker.

    Or another way, shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theater was not considered protected speech because the theater patrons were expected to kill you in response, but because inducing panic under false pretenses put people in immediate danger of physical harm.

    Shouldn’t Supreme Court Justices have powers of reason greater than an average high schooler?

    September 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm

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