September 15, 2010, - 12:15 pm
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Say good-bye to your First Amendment protections on speech . . . if it’s the truth about Islam. A U.S. Supreme Court Justice compares speech about Islam from its opponents to “yelling fire in a crowded theater.” And a man lost his job working for a public agency for burning a Koran.
Yup, free speech is over in America. What our troops allegedly die for in Islamo-paradises like Iraq and Afghanistan (and actually hand over the country to governments that don’t believe in democracy or free speech), we no longer have here.
Yes, we no longer have free speech when Justice Stephen Breyer says that the First Amendment doesn’t protect Koran burning. Here’s what he told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, yesterday, on “Good Morning America.”
Democrats and Republicans alike assume that Pastor Jones had a Constitutional right to burn those Korans. But Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer told me on “GMA” that he’s not prepared to conclude that — in the internet age — the First Amendment condones Koran burning.
“Holmes said it doesn’t mean you can shout ‘fire’ in a crowded theater,” Breyer told me. “Well, what is it? Why? Because people will be trampled to death. And what is the crowded theater today? What is the being trampled to death?”
Breyer goes on to say that you can only say stuff against Islam “in debate.” Gee, that’s not what my Constitution says. In fact, my copy of the Constitution must have been edited since there’s a marked absence of the words “in debate.”
Disgusting. This guy sits on the highest court of the land and he doesn’t even understand the most basic statement of American law in the most important document governing America, a right that has been established and confirmed over and over in case law and statute. He should go back to making ice cream (please, no e-mail–It’s a joke; I’m well aware he’s not from the Breyer Ice Cream family, but he might as well be, though they probably know more about what constitutes protected speech than he apparently does).
So, in Breyer’s world, you can burn the American flag (which the Supreme Court already established is protected speech covered by the First Amendment), the Christian Bible, the Jewish Bible, and anything else . . . except the Koran. Absurd. And, worse, outrageous. Don’t think for a minute that he doesn’t have support for this unConstitutional view of the Constitution amongst the other liberal Supremes. I have no doubt several of them share his view. That’s the scary part. All he needs is four others to take away our First Amendment speech rights.
Is it “a sign of the apocalypse” when the former Soviet Union has greater speech rights than the United States of America?
Then, there’s Koran burner Derek Fenton, who lost his job with New Jersey Transit, a publicly-funded state agency, for doing so. That’s clearly unconstitutional, and I’d bet money they wouldn’t do the same for an American flag-burner or a Bible burner.
The protester who burned pages from the Koran outside a planned mosque near Ground Zero has been fired from NJ Transit, sources and authorities said Tuesday.
Derek Fenton’s 11-year career at the agency came to an abrupt halt Monday after photographs of him ripping pages from the Muslim holy book and setting them ablaze appeared in newspapers.
Fenton, 39, of Bloomingdale, N.J., burned the book during a protest on the ninth anniversary of Sept. 11 outside Park51, the controversial mosque slated to be built near Ground Zero. . . .
NJ Transit said Fenton was fired but wouldn’t give specifics.
“Mr. Fenton’s public actions violated New Jersey Transit’s code of ethics,” an agency statement said.
“NJ Transit concluded that Mr. Fenton violated his trust as a state employee and therefore [he] was dismissed.”
Uh, a tax-funded, public agency cannot have a “code of ethics” or some BS standard about “violating trust,” when it restrains an employee’s freedom of speech. Hmm . . . where the heck is the ACLU?
If Fenton sues, I’m confident he’ll win . . . until Justice Breyer and his friends get the case and overturn the First Amendment. Be careful what you say about Islam. We now have sharia against free speech, imposed not by Muslims, but by public agencies and servants pandering to them.
So much for showing the world what freedom is all about. We no longer have a free country.
What happened? Islam and liberals–who really aren’t so liberal, after all–happened. G-d save America before it’s too late.
**** UPDATE: Reader and L.A. Times blogger Joel Engel writes me, noting that Justice Breyer doesn’t even understand Justice Holmes’ decision:
Justice Holmes said you can’t shout “fire” FALSELY in a crowded theater. If the theater really is on fire, you have an obligation to do so. That’s what he said. Pathetic that Breyer doesn’t know that.
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