Thomas Ramey Watson

Hate Crime Myths

David Gibson writes:

Moreover, the C onstituti

on h as never provided

a bl

anket protection on speech.

FactCheck also cited the 1919 case of Schenck v.

United States, in which the Supreme Court unanimously held that free speech doesn’t mean you can “falsely shout fire in a theater” and thereby c

ause a stampede.

As Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes put it, “The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger.”’s “Truth-O-Meter” also judged the accusations of threats to free speech and religious protections as “false.”

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