Koran burning may not be protected free speech, indicates Supreme Court Associate
Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer was indecisive when answering a question about whether or not Pastor Terry Jones’ proposed Koran burning was protected by free speech, suggesting that “globalization” now trumps the First Amendment in the eyes of lawmakers.
During an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to promote his book, Breyer was asked by host George Stephanopoulos if Jones’ ability to broadcast his actions in an age of global media poses “a challenge” to the First Amendment.
“[W]hen we spoke several years ago, you talked about how the process of globalization was changing our understanding of the law,” Stephanopoulos began. “When you think about the Internet and when you think about the possibility that, you know, a pastor in Florida with a flock of 30 can threaten to burn the Koran, and that leads to riots and killings in Afghanistan, does that pose a challenge to the First Amendment—to how you interpret it? Does it change the nature of…what we can allow and protect?”
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“Well, in a sense, yes; in a sense, no,” responded Breyer indecisively“People can express their views in debate, no matter how awful those views are — in debate, a conversation, people exchanging ideas. That’s the model so that, in fact, we are better informed when we cast that ballot.”
Breyer went on to say that while the “core values remain,” the application of the First Amendment can change over time.
Breyer compared Jones’ actions to yelling “fire” in a crowded theatre, an action not protected by the First Amendment by legal precedent because it could lead directly to violence and harm.
“And what is the crowded theater today?” Breyer asked. “What is being trampled to death?”
Whether you support or abhor the actions of Pastor Jones, his right to burn a book in public can hardly be compared to yelling “fire” in a crowded theater, which is an action clearly intended to cause mayhem and unrest, whereas Jones’ stated reason for burning the Koran is a form of protest against the ground zero mosque controversy.
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Jones’ actions are clearly protected under the First Amendment because they represent a form of political protest.
As we have documented, the ground zero mosque controversy is clearly being contrived in an effort to goad extremists on both sides of the religious divide into committing acts of violence which then give authorities the pretext to crush everyone’s free speech.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is a globalist stooge, being a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and also having direct ties to a myriad of elitist organizations.
There is also a direct relationship between the group behind the mosque and CIA front companies, as well as the U.S. military.
This is about getting everybody at each other’s throats and provocateuring situations that demand the strong arm of the state to respond to the consequences of these artificially manufactured tensions. It is also about stoking resentment against Arabs to grease the skids for an expansion of war in the middle east.
Constitutionally speaking, the mosque should be allowed to be built and Pastor Jones should be free to burn the Koran, but this story goes far deeper than those surface issues because people on both sides of the debate are being deliberately manipulated into advocating positions that will only harm the liberty and livelihood of both Muslims and Christians in the long run.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show. Watson has been interviewed by many publications and radio shows, including Vanity Fair and Coast to Coast AM, America’s most listened to late night talk show.
This article was posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 11:48 am