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  •  Basic to civics education US v Schwimmer 1929 (4+ / 0-)

    Justice Holmes set forth a bedrock observation that guides First Amendment law:

    "...if there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought—not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate."

    It is instinctive to want to quash thoughts that we hate and to look for ways to use the law to do it.  

    The First Amendment serves us well and we should reflect on the true nature and causation of societal prejudices that we would like to see made obsolete.  

    This is about public education and the way society evolves in the long run.  People who say stuff in public that is repugnant to common sense and fairness ought to be called on it by those who simply have the courage to do so.  

    It is the debate itself we protect by supporting the First Amendment tradition and our right to participate in it freely.

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 10:59:27 AM PDT

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