This is a very bad ruling, I think. It's a dangerous retreat from our tradition that the First Amendment is viewpoint-neutral. It's an opening to a First Amendment limited by rights to be free from offensive viewpoints. It's a tool for suppression of one side of public debates (about same-sex marriage, about Islam, quite likely about illegal immigration, and more) while the other side remains constitutionally protected and even encouraged by the government.Another wonderful 9th court ruling from my former home state. Poway, incidentally, is just down the mountain from where I graduated from high school.
Friday, April 21, 2006
Freedom From Being Offended Trumps First Ammendment
Eugene Volokh on the Harper v. Poway Unified School district ruling: