Wednesday, June 21, 2017

GOOD: Supreme Court Unanimously States That 'Hate Speech' Is Still Free Speech

The Slants
On Monday, the Supreme Court issued an 8-0 ruling in a case concerning a governmental regulation on free speech. Shockingly, even the leftist members of the Court agreed that free speech cannot be regulated as “hate speech.”
The case concerned the attempt to register a band called “The Slants” for trademark. The trademark office refused the trademark on the grounds that it was an offensive term for Asians.
Justice Samuel Alito
Justice Samuel Alito wrote for four of the justices; Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for another four. Alito’s opinion rightly explained:
[The idea that the government may restrict] speech expressing ideas that offend … strikes at the heart of the First Amendment. Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express “the thought that we hate.”
Read the rest of the story HERE and follow a link to a related story below:

Free Speech Wins (Again) at the Supreme Court

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