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First Amendment Ruling Destined to Kill Internet Free Speech - Alex Jones Tv 1/3

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Uploaded on Oct 7, 2010

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October 6, 2010

It now appears certain the Supreme Court will rule against the First Amendment. "The justices appeared inclined to set a limit to freedom of speech when ordinary citizens are targeted with especially personal and hurtful attacks. The First Amendment says the government may not restrict free speech, but it is less clear when it also shields speakers from private lawsuits," reports the Los Angeles Times this afternoon.


Jefferson, Madison and other framers considered free speech a cornerstone of the republic.

If the Court rules against the First Amendment, it will not only effect demonstrations and public displays, but also curtail freedom of speech on the internet, as one Justice pointed out today.

The case now before the Court concerns the Phelps family from Topeka, Kansas, who have picketed military funerals and proclaimed that God is punishing America and its soldiers for its tolerance of homosexuality. The case reached the Court after a Maryland father of a Marine killed in Iraq sued the Phelps family for holding up signs near his funeral that said "Thank God for IEDs" and also for posting remarks on their website that accused Albert Snyder of having raised his son "to defy the Creator" and "serve the devil." A Maryland court awarded Snyder $5 million in damages, but the award was subsequently thrown out on the grounds it violates the First Amendment.

The Los Angeles Times may claim that the First Amendment is unclear, but as former Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black noted in in Rosenblatt v. Baer, the wording of the First Amendment makes it perfectly clear that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or the press. It does not say freedom of speech shall be denied and held unlawful if it is distasteful and produces an emotional response.

"An unconditional right to say what one pleases about public affairs is what I consider to be the minimum guarantee of the First Amendment," Black opined in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan.

Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and other framers were products of the Age of Enlightenment and as such believed in the power of reason and the search for truth. They considered freedom of expression and inquiry essential to the process of debate and discovery required for the maintenance of liberty and a republic.
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