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Supreme Court Justice Breyer Open to Banning Koran Burning
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 | Kristinn

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 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 is promoting his new book, Making Our Democracy Work.

Breyer was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1994 by President Bill Clinton.


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To: Interesting Times
If threats of violence trump free speech, there is none.

This administration stands with those who threaten violence.


251 posted on 09/14/2010 10:03:55 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: Gilbo_3; Squantos; appalachian_dweller; Joe Brower
so far, the intellectual 'safety' has been engaged...

Actually, I was speaking less metaphorically. Take my gun and the creative weapon between my ears can create a "deadly weapon" from almost anything. From the ingredients I find in my kitchen or my garage I can make napalm, chlorine gas, all manner of explosives (with or without shrapnel) and the list continues. From there it's just a matter of practicing the time honored military tradition of TRADE UP. If I have a knife, I can GET a handgun. If I have a handgun, I can GET an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW). All I need is a starting point and the "getting" is unlimited. Tanks, mortars, whatever. So you see, they really don't want to let slip (in the words of Shakespeare) the old war dogs if they can help it.

252 posted on 09/14/2010 10:05:20 AM PDT by ExSoldier
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To: Menehune56
Burning the flag is protected free speech but burning the Koran isn’t? Bizarro world, up is down, black is white.

He's a-ok with Christian Bibles being desecrated in public owned venues.


253 posted on 09/14/2010 10:05:34 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: MrB
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.

It's pure Saul Alinsky.

They taint ALL tea partier and all pro-lifers with the "accusation" of violent rhetoric and actions.

Stalinists lie. ALWAYS.

254 posted on 09/14/2010 10:07:00 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: kristinn

The new congress needs to modify the appointment system to remove life time appointments. Then some of the problem children could be disclipined.


255 posted on 09/14/2010 10:07:05 AM PDT by Concho
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To: Concho

disclipined=disciplined


256 posted on 09/14/2010 10:08:03 AM PDT by Concho
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Let me see if I've got this straight:
- Burning the Holy Bible - protected free speech.
- Burning the American flag - protected free speech.
- Burning the Holy Bible - the equivalent of yelling "fire" in a crowded theater.

This is possibly the most illogical rationale for pandering to the Islamofascists that I've ever heard.

257 posted on 09/14/2010 10:09:17 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: kristinn

Shouting “fire in a crowded theater” creating a stampede for the exits is a normal reaction of all peoples in all cultures. The burning of religious books and symbols does not fall within this test. And you’d think the Justice would get this. How dumb.


258 posted on 09/14/2010 10:11:34 AM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Broker
History repeats itself.


259 posted on 09/14/2010 10:12:31 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: Concho

Pull this unconstitutional tyrant off the bench.


260 posted on 09/14/2010 10:14:04 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: kristinn
If it wasn't so pathetic and sad, it would be funny. How many years have we witnessed every piece of religion moved from the public square?

No more Christmas pageants or choral programs at schools
No praying in school
No Christmas displays in the public square
No mention of Thanks to God or Jesus Christ during a graduation ceremony
A portrait of the Virgin Mary covered in cow dung in a museum is protected as “free speech”
and on & on & on

If Breyer had his way the Koran will be protected by SCOTUS?
He is so wrong. Burning the Koran does not incite violence anymore than burning the Bible incites violence. The violence is self incited.

I am sure Stephanopolus asked Breyer if the REAL issue is the lack of self-control on the part of the herd?

261 posted on 09/14/2010 10:14:22 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: kristinn
"-- in the internet age --"

There it is again. Obama used that phrase the other day too. It struck me odd he appeared to blame the internet, when it was cable news that really kept the story alive all through August. Wouldn't have anything to do with them want to take over the internet...........nah.

262 posted on 09/14/2010 10:14:22 AM PDT by moehoward
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To: kristinn
What are this clown's views on "Piss Christ"?

As if I didn't know

263 posted on 09/14/2010 10:16:07 AM PDT by SayNoToDems (Will the dancing Hitlers please wait in the wings? We're only seeing singing Hitlers.)
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To: kristinn

So I guess kicking the shiz out of anyone burning a flag is a way to get The Court to ban it, according to this logic. Somehow I do not think this is what was intended, The Constitution is not supposed to morph with public opinion, it is amended by a 3/4 majority of The People’s representatives.


264 posted on 09/14/2010 10:17:16 AM PDT by JrsyJack (a healthy dose of buckshot will probably get you the last word in any argument.)
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To: FrogMom
Only if he’s also open to banning flag burning!

Next time someone burns a flag, trample the spectators to death, and cut the heads off the burners.

265 posted on 09/14/2010 10:17:54 AM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know .F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: SoldierDad
I’m open to the banishment of any SCOTUS justice who advocates such rubbish.

Seconded.

And make it a REAL banishment.


266 posted on 09/14/2010 10:19:16 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: moehoward

The internet has been around since the late 1960s. I’ve been online since the mid-1980s. Websites have been popular since 1995.

Hard to call this “an age” now worthy of special considerations of the Constitution.

Islamists live in the 8th Century. ANYTHING more modern than that is a “modern age” to them.

They are intolerant of other faiths (Saudis burn Bibles and kill non-muslims who dare enter some of their segregated cities) and do not recognize the laws of other nations (like the United States’ freedom of speech and freedom of religion including being CRITICAL of a religion).

Where are all of those who demand that religion be behind closed doors today?


267 posted on 09/14/2010 10:22:30 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: kristinn
The Supreme Court has ruled burning the American flag in protest is protected speech under the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Then so is buring the Koran.

Screw Breyer and any other justice who goes along with this garbage.

268 posted on 09/14/2010 10:23:10 AM PDT by Allegra (Flank steak is very lean.)
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To: ladyvet

They call this the Land of Great Satan. The only way they are going to “accept us” is to submit to Islam.

And even then we will be unfit to marry their women.


269 posted on 09/14/2010 10:25:09 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: muawiyah
I was merely reinforcing (agreeing with) the point made about Breyer being off-base bringing up the "fire in a crowded theater" analogy. There is nothing in the Constitution specifically that prohibits you from doing so. But if you do so with malicious intent and harm befalls anyone or property loss occurs as a result, you are subject to criminal penalties. Criminal acts fall under the purview of criminal law.

The courts have interpreted free speech quite broadly, as we all know (e.g., flag burning). That a Justice of the USSC would fall into the PC trap of placing Quran burning beyond the reach of similar interpretation is pretty sad. We had a local story about a guy burning a "Rainbow Flag" (who could be against rainbows?) on Gay and Lesbian Pride Day. Think the ACLU stood up for his free speech rights? Fat chance. They wanted to get him for a "hate crime", but I think all they pinned on him was an illegal burning rap (no permit to burn).

270 posted on 09/14/2010 10:27:51 AM PDT by chimera
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To: kristinn

But, of course, Breyer would uphold putting crosses in bottles of urine at taxpayer expense as a free speech.


271 posted on 09/14/2010 10:28:18 AM PDT by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: drdirt333
theres a race for dumbest Justice, Kennedy or this boob.

Nah, Kennedy is only the fifth dumbest judge.

272 posted on 09/14/2010 10:29:44 AM PDT by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: drdirt333
theres a race for dumbest Justice, Kennedy or this boob.

Nah, Kennedy is only the fifth dumbest judge.

273 posted on 09/14/2010 10:30:17 AM PDT by Ol' Sparky (Liberal Republicans are the greater of two evils)
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To: kristinn

Dictatorship in the making.


274 posted on 09/14/2010 10:37:48 AM PDT by mojitojoe ("The Arabic call to prayer is one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset." punk in chief)
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To: kristinn

Bible burning... okay.

Um, wouldn’t this be imposing religion?

Hey ACLU!


275 posted on 09/14/2010 10:38:30 AM PDT by AliVeritas (Deus Vult)
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To: kristinn

Furious is the only word to describe this.

Muslims are now apparently a protected class. Who knew it took psychopaths flying planes into high rises to establish that?


276 posted on 09/14/2010 10:38:34 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Planning on using 911? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: kristinn; All

I guess if Christians start rioting every time a Crucifix is placed into urine, speech against Christians will be banned too.

Great precedent to set.....MORON!


277 posted on 09/14/2010 10:40:20 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Planning on using 911? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: a fool in paradise
Get ready for the Thought Police.
278 posted on 09/14/2010 10:42:28 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Planning on using 911? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: MrB

They have a death wish. Self-haters.

You would think the feminists and GLBT factions would have a problem with Islam. Man who was ‘building bridges’ re: Islam, saws his wife’s head off... Crickets. Honor killing and genital mutilation here in the US... nada. Rape... La, la, la, we can’t hear you.

Maybe no one told NOW and NARAL abortion biz would be nil.

They thought barefoot and pregnant was bad, wait till they meet Sharia.


279 posted on 09/14/2010 10:43:17 AM PDT by AliVeritas (Deus Vult)
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To: Interesting Times

I nominate you to SCOTUS.


280 posted on 09/14/2010 10:43:22 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: kristinn

I’ve got an idea. If Muslims react violently, send in the troops or the cops. Arrest them, or shoot them if necessary, just as one would do, not Christians, real Christians don’t riot or murder, but Westerners.

Try them, punish them with the appropriate penalty. Repeat as often as necessary.


281 posted on 09/14/2010 10:44:54 AM PDT by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man.)
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To: FrogMom
Liberals are climbing over each other to prove they're the most 'compassionate'. What fools. This isn't about how they feel about themselves - it's about the law. Or should be about the law...
282 posted on 09/14/2010 10:48:30 AM PDT by GOPJ (http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/09/the_power_of_images_turned_aga.html)
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To: AliVeritas

Is Rauf ‘building bridges’ or burning them?


283 posted on 09/14/2010 10:50:47 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Planning on using 911? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: gunnut

Stupid kuh-ffir. You will not bow to islam. You will bow to mecca, six times per day. And pay the jizyah, and thank allah that we allow you to live.


284 posted on 09/14/2010 10:51:46 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: kristinn

Welcome to Obamaland. :(:(:(


285 posted on 09/14/2010 10:52:20 AM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: FrogMom

I’m open to impeaching SCOTUS members that have more in common with Marxist dogma than the Constitution they are supposed to be ruling on.


286 posted on 09/14/2010 10:54:34 AM PDT by CT (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slx8CCjoL4E&feature=related)
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To: kristinn

I wonder if he would be open to banning ‘honor killings’?


287 posted on 09/14/2010 10:54:34 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: PATRIOT1876

seeing as islam is not a religion but more of a political ideology then why is it being hidden by the 1sr amendment anyway.


288 posted on 09/14/2010 10:54:50 AM PDT by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: Electric Graffiti

Oh, I think a hard tyrannny is the only way to stop these loons. We just have to make sure OUR guy is the tyrant.


289 posted on 09/14/2010 10:56:03 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: PATRIOT1876; All

I would love to ask “Justice” Breyer what is next to be banned.....a ban on drawing mohammed? How about short skirts because that offends muslims?

If this is okay to ban, then the sky is the limit.

IMO, this is foolish enough to warrant stripping him of his SCOTUS status......if he clearly is not ready to uphold the Constitution, he is not fit for the job.


290 posted on 09/14/2010 10:57:36 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Planning on using 911? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: Texan Tory

Feh. Hitler may have been saying he would cease further aggression out of one side of his mouth, but he had been telling a completely different story out of the other, and had been at least since the publication of Mein Kampf. Hitler played the same al-taqqiyah game as these moozles. If there is one thing that salvages Chamberlain a little, it is that when it became apparent that he had been had, he became a war hawk, a strong one.


291 posted on 09/14/2010 11:02:22 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: Lazamataz

It is morally very bad under i-slam for a woman to become shaheed, because she might expose, someone might see, private parts.


292 posted on 09/14/2010 11:03:55 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: SoFloFreeper

The man is prejudging a case which is not yet before him. He should be impeached!


293 posted on 09/14/2010 11:05:24 AM PDT by littleharbour
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To: Menehune56
Burning the flag is protected free speech but burning the Koran isn’t?

"All animals SYMBOLS are equal but some animals SYMBOLS are more equal than others".

Isn't leftist newspeak just dandy?

294 posted on 09/14/2010 11:11:06 AM PDT by tflabo
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To: GoCards

295 posted on 09/14/2010 11:13:20 AM PDT by bt579 ("I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." ~Barack 0bama)
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To: kristinn

He’s open to burning the US Flag; he’s open to burning up your property deed and handing it over to the government; and apparently he’s open to burning the US Constitution; but a ban on burning the koran seems reasonable to him.


296 posted on 09/14/2010 11:23:07 AM PDT by VRWCmember (Jesus called us to be Salt and Light, not Vinegar and Water.)
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To: wagglebee
Some editing may be warranted here - you stated,

"- Burning the Holy Bible - the equivalent of yelling "fire" in a crowded theater."

I'm sure you were referring to the burning of the Quran, not the Holy Bible, with regards to Breyer's equating that with yelling fire in a crowded theater.

297 posted on 09/14/2010 11:24:58 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Exactly what I had in mind!!


298 posted on 09/14/2010 11:26:16 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Let them start arresting people for it.

If they outlaw it, millions of people will do it out of spite for the law.


299 posted on 09/14/2010 11:30:21 AM PDT by PA-RIVER
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To: AliVeritas

They all hate Christ. That’s it in a nutshell.

And Satan keeps his “troops” from fighting each other to the extent that he can.


300 posted on 09/14/2010 11:34:15 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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