This one worries the heck out of me. A Supreme Court Justice told a reporter that Americans may not be free to burn the Koran, likening it to shouting “fire” in a crowded movie theater.
As Zip writes:
So burning the American flag is considered protected free speech but burning the Koran is not? In other words, hyper-violence trumps freedom of speech…
So you have freedom of speech…unless some religious sect says they’re get all violent and crazy if you say something bad about them? Lunacy.
Weasel Zippers has the report from George Stephonopolis (I know it’s spelled wrong but I really don’t care) writes:
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 while you thought the internet was a great advancement for speech in that it opened up millions of lines of communication, Justice Breyer sees that as dangerous. Liberals are all for free speech just not the kind that they don’t like.
But in reality this has nothing to do with the internet. That’s just the excuse. This is all about speech that Justice Breyer doesn’t like possibly being made illegal if he can get four of the other black robed oligarchs to agree. (A feat I don’t think he’ll have any trouble with sadly.)
If I say anything more about this right now it’ll just come out like “Arrrghghghghgghghghgh” which is the sound I make when I’m pulling my hair out.