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.