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Death Rites and Speech Rights

tattriem Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 10:32 AM
And who gets to decide what constitutes "hate" speech? You? The federal government? Me? Anyone who's offended by anything they hear? When did we forget that "sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me"????

On June 21, 1989, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Texas law that made flag burning a state crime, ruling that it violated the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. A month later, Rep. Jack Brooks, D-Texas introduced a bill that made flag burning a federal crime. Approved by Congress that fall, the new law was overturned by the Supreme Court the following year.

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