The 1st Amendment – Freedom of Speech

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Last night, I watched the People v Larry Flynt (out of curiosity more than anything) and it took me down a rabbit trail.

We know the 1st amendment protects our right to free speech – but did you know there are some exceptions?

At first I thought that had to be wrong. There’s no way we limit what someone can say. Right?

Below are examples of speech, both direct (words) and symbolic (actions), that the US Supreme Court has decided are not entitled to First Amendment protections.

US Supreme Court Free Speech

Author: Shawn

"The burden of suffering seems a tombstone hung about our necks, while in reality it is only a weight which is necessary to keep down the diver while he is hunting for pearls" Jean Paul Richter

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