Diversity and tolerance trump the First Amendment.
The Supreme Court has denied an appeal from former California high school students who were ordered to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out during a celebration of the Cinco de Mayo holiday at school.
The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place an appellate ruling that found that school officials acted appropriately because their concerns about racial violence outweighed students’ freedom of expression rights. Administrators feared the American-flag shirts would enflame the passions of Latino students celebrating the Mexican holiday.
The onetime students at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California, argued that school officials gave a “heckler’s veto” to the objecting students.
The brother and sister who won a landmark Vietnam era student speech case at the Supreme Court also supported the appeal.
Here’s an example of hilarious and good-natured ribbing, targeting liberals and President Obama.
Liberals get outraged whenever you criticize them, their actions, or their policies. They also frequently resort to a disgusting tactics to try to get their way.
This person’s bumper sticker is a great example of using the First Amendment to fight back against a bad government. Such political speech is the right of every American. This driver just did it in an unusually creative and funny way. Kudos to the owner of the car and bumper sticker.
The bumper sticker says, “Obama sucks, and so do liberal cowards who steal my stickers.”
There is no indication of how to get one for yourself, although they might be available somewhere online.
Hat Tip to Legal Insurrection for the source of the photo.
American patriot Chuck Norris has penned a scathing piece on America’s First Amendment problem in the wake of the city of Houston subpoenaing local pastors for their sermons and private correspondence.
Houston mayor Annise Parker made national headlines recently when she demanded pastors who opposed the city’s new law concerning transgender bathroom usage and so-called equal rights to hand over their sermons. The subpoena demanded “all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to [the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance], the Petition, Mayor Annise Parker, homosexuality, or gender identity prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by you or in your possession.”
Obama’s assault on the First Amendment continues as Fox News contributor Stephen Hayes has been placed on the Department of Homeland Security’s terrorist watch list. Not only does disagreeing with Obama make someone racist, it apparently also makes them a threat to national security.
Who says fascism is out of style? Evidently the FEC is making it chic again. The Chairman of the Federal Election Commission berated Democratic colleagues who imposed rules on the publisher of Rep. Paul Ryan’s new book, The Way Forward. In essence, they opened the door to future book regulations or even the banning of books. The meeting got heated to say the least and in the end, the FEC declined to definitively spare book publishers from the reach of campaign finance rules. Stoke the fires boys! We’ve got some book burnin’ to do!!!
“That is a shame. … We have wounded the free-press clause of the First Amendment,” Goodman told FoxNews.com after the tense meeting. Goodman previously has warned that the commission wants to start regulating media.
Bill Killian, a US attorney, claims that anti-Muslim speech violates Muslim’s Constitutional rights. Therefore, he argues, it should be illegal and punishable by law.
Killian said, “We need to educate people about Muslims and their civil rights, and as long as we’re here, they’re going to be protected.”
At this time, Obama’s DOJ is working to determine what, exactly, is considered illegal speech against Muslims. Guidelines and specific laws are expected to come soon. Currently, the government is not allowed to prevent speech that is hateful towards a religion, unless a specific threat is made. To prevent speech that is hostile towards a religion is a violation of the First Amendment. The government is allowed to urge people to not engage in such speech — it just cannot punish people for doing so.
If the DOJ does decide to make anti-Muslim speech punishable by law, it could mark the beginning of significantly increased government power.
Photo via JC
The Constitution guarantees every American the Freedom of Speech. The very first Amendment to the document says “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech…” Of course, what is speech that it needs such protection? Speech is more than just saying what’s on your mind, regardless of how profound or silly it is. Speech is communication. That’s the speech that needed protection and was incorporated into the First Amendment. It was the communication of thoughts and ideas that needed protection. Speech needed protection because of the impact it could have on others. Kings don’t like their authority questioned and a freedom of speech could potentially rile up his subjects.
It is that very reason that our Founding Fathers sought to protect speech: For the people to keep the government in check.