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Response to Dkc05 (Reply #17)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 10:34 PM

18. "Trash" is protected speech according to the Constitution.

And who decides what "trash" is? How would you like it if a Romney administration forced a magazine to remove an article critical of them, claiming it was "trash"? The First Amendment protects virtually all speech, even pornography (with certain time, place and manner restrictions). If something is actually false, you have the remedy of a libel lawsuit (although if the person libeled is a public figure they have to prove the false statement was made with actual malice). But what the courts have called prior restraint - the government preventing publication - is completely unconstitutional. As it should be. And I'm damn glad for that.

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.

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