Skip to comments.Supreme Court Justice Breyer Open to Banning Koran Burning
Posted on 09/14/2010 6:19:55 AM PDT by kristinn
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has expressed a willingness to ban protesters from burning the Koran as the modern day equivalent of shouting fire in a crowded theater.
The Supreme Court has ruled burning the American flag in protest is protected speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution.
Breyer spoke to George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America today:
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 doesnt 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 is promoting his new book, Making Our Democracy Work.
Breyer was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1994 by President Bill Clinton.
Only if he’s also open to banning flag burning!
His ACLU masters wouldn't let him.
If threats of violence trump free speech, there is none.
You’d think a Supreme Court justice could figure that out.
What an idiot. theres a race for dumbest Justice, Kennedy or this boob.
Well also Justice Breyer, BAN burning of the American flag also. Thank-you.
Burning the flag is protected free speech but burning the Koran isn’t? Bizarro world, up is down, black is white.
Hello! Bye Bye 1st Amendment.
Took the words right out of my mouth! :)
A real respecter of the First Amendment, isn’t he? (off sarcasm)
I guess Christians need to be more violent about protecting our religion... then they’ll be more respectful. /sarc
Seriously, can’t these libs see what they’re saying?
They are admitting that they only respect the threat of violence.
Maybe we should keep that in mind when they attempt their little control-freak policies.
...this is good stuff...ban Koran burning, but letting the flag burn will only p*ss people off more...and get them to the polls.
Breyer is creepy.
I think Koran burning publicity stunts are colossally stupid, but I couldn’t dream of any constitutional reason to ban them.
It's not the shouting of fire in a crowded theater that is the risky act ~ it's the shouting of fire WHEN THERE IS NO FIRE in a crowded theater. Otherwise, with a fire present, it's probably more murderous to NOT shout FIRE.
With 1.4 billion people already held captive by several ill-considered permutations of Islam the theater is burning to the ground.
What about burning the Bible? I guess we can’t tell the Saudis what to do though. Instead let’s send them a whole bunch of money.
If we’re going to limit the 1st Amendment, why don’t we just ban Islam?
Breyer was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1994 by President Bill Clinton.
“Seriously, cant these libs see what theyre saying?”
Yes they can, and they say it very clearly:
Anything that goes against traditional American values is good
Anything that reinforces traditional American values is bad
I’m ready to nominate Pastor Terry Jones as Man of the Year for exposing where everyone stands on the First Amendment.
It works just fine as a Constitutional Republic, thank you very much.
The fact that you as a Supreme Court Justice are trying to change that make me think you should step down from your position.
So are they finally admitting all the death and destruction is due to the fact muslims lack the ability to behave in a civilized manner?
If this doesn't fit the definition of 'terrorism', what does?
Great post. Thank you.
They know EXACTLY what they’re doing.
I know that that’s what their ideology is (though if you put it to them that way, they’d vehemently and emotionally deny it)
My point is that they are saying that they’ll only respect someone’s religious beliefs and cultural values if violence is threatened...
It's not the Saudis that burned Bibles in Afghanistan, it was our own military.
This is what’s so frustrating about our current laws - there’s no consistency. The fed. government has actually FUNDED works of “art” meant to desecrate Christian symbols and that invite people to trample on our flag. These were SUPPORTED by the National Endowment for the Arts. All kinds of offensive speech has been deemed constitutionally protected - until now. Why? Because it’s like yelling FIRE in a crowded theater? This is very very bad legal reasoning, IMO. We’re no longer a nation of laws that make sense. We’re no longer a nation of laws.
Everyday its something new with these idiots...
Pastor Terry Jones, from the SHOW ME State of Missouri! Exposing a national cowardise
We wont do anything to offend. PLEASE DONT HURT US! WE BEG YOU! Here, well make it into a law. Will that appease you?
O, where is the great Neville Chamberlain when you need him?
Sorry for the redundancy. Word “coward” automatically implied.
So he’s saying that if other religions want equal rights they must go on violent, murderous rampages every time their sensibilities are offended.
Crying "Fire!" in a crowded theater would possibly result in people stampeding to safety because they fear for their lives.
In the case of a Koran burning, Breyer's statement seems to assume that the primitive behavior of Muslims would cause them to trample to death the Koran burners.
One is an example of self-preservation, the other is an example of murder.
So the message is that if you want your symbols protected violence is the answer. These people have moved beyond stupid.
Does nhe also feel the same about
(a) my dog crapping on it
(b) using it as toilet paper
(c) shredding it
(d) laughing at it
(e) spitting on it
(f) using it to line the bird cage
(g) wrapping fish in it
(h) ignoring it
(i) owning a copy when you aren’t a moon-worshipper
(j) using it to hold doors open
...and so forth.
Maybe the Supreme Court could ban hijacking airplanes and slamming them into the World Trade Center.
...and the burning of any Christian symbol, and of putting Christian symbols in urine and being awarded taxpayer money.
The lines are being drawn. Here we see clearly who is the enemy. When the time comes, we will know exactly who to punish.
...he will be "open" to anything.
"Justice" Breyer is a fool....
I think you're right. Jones, as far as I can see, is a bit of a flake. He's not really the sort of fellow I would follow -- but he has performed a valuable service. He got the Moslems to show what kind of people they are, he got the media to show us (again) what they care about, and he's even got a Supreme Court justice admitting that he really doesn't care about the First Amendment.
The cards are on the table now.
I think you forget that the race now includes the wise latina and the ‘no inalienable rights’ Kagan. Talk about a race to the bottom.
What a stupid idea!
“If threats of violence trump free speech, there is none.
Youd think a Supreme Court justice could figure that out.”
Very well said. Bad behavior is being rewarded when the law is adjusted to accommodate it. This just reinforces the use of increasing levels of bad behavior by the extremists to obtain their goals.
Have you seen anything this stupid before?
Sorry, you're not allowed to say that. Ask the courts if you are allowed to take the words out of anyone’s mouth. That seems to be the job of the Feds. You are not allowed to point out that someone has taken the words out of your mouth. It is verboten!
You might be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org
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