Bad News For SJWs And Turtle Butthurts – SCOTUS Says That Hate Speech Isn’t A Real Thing Just Because Your Feelings Are Hurt
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Bad news for people who think they can censor free speech by simply calling it “hate speech” – according to a unanimous Supreme Court decision on Monday, there is no such thing as hate speech:
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that even trademarks considered to be derogatory deserve First Amendment protection. The decision was a victory for an Asian-American dance rock band dubbed The Slants — and, in all likelihood, for the Washington Redskins, whose trademarks were cancelled in 2014 following complaints from Native Americans.
While defending the First Amendment’s freedom of speech protection, the justices did not remove all discretion from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. But they raised the bar for trademark denials so that names deemed to be offensive can survive.
“It offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for a unanimous court. He rejected the government’s argument that protected trademarks become a form of government, rather than private, speech.
“If the federal registration of a trademark makes the mark government speech, the federal government is babbling prodigiously and incoherently,” Alito said. “It is saying many unseemly things. It is expressing contradictory views. It is unashamedly endorsing a vast array of commercial products and services. And it is providing Delphic advice to the consuming public.”
The nation’s capital has been captivated for years with the battle over the Redskins’ name, but the high court had left the football team’s case pending at a federal appeals court in order to hear the challenge brought by band leader Simon Tam and his Portland, Oregon-based foursome. In a statement following the ruling, Tam said it vindicated First Amendment rights for “all Americans who are fighting against paternal government policies that ultimately lead to viewpoint discrimination.” In an interview with USA TODAY in January, Tam, 36, said freedom of expression is particularly needed “with those you disagree with the most.” He added: “Satire, humor, wit and irony — those are the things that will truly neuter malice.”
After losing in a lower court, the band won at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which ruled 9-3 last year that “the First Amendment protects even hurtful speech.” The Obama administration then appealed to the Supreme Court.
Quick – someone tell Etel Haxhiaj and the other Nazis running the City of Worcester that everything they believe in was just shot down by a 9-0 SCOTUS decision. Ya got that? 9-0. This isn’t a liberal-conservative thing. It’s a constitution thing. There is no such thing as hate speech. Never has been, never will. Just because you hate it, doesn’t mean it’s “hate speech.” Ya see, I hate a lot of the things you say, but I deal with it because the free exchange of differing opinions is the hallmark of living in a free society. Nothing matters less than your feelings. The constitution matters. Muh feels don’t.
The fucked up part about this is that the only reason this case was even in front of the Supreme Court is because of the Obama administration. Now I don’t share the same animosity for OB that others do. And anytime you mention this guys name it brings out the yahoos who hijack the conversation and turn it into “Obama is the worst POTUS in American history.”
Here’s the thing – Obama was 100% on the right side when it came to free speech. He made that clear when he roasted a bunch of college kids in Iowa and told them that their schools should stop coddling them by protecting them from conservative opinions they don’t agree with:
Awesome. This is part of the reason Obama was appealing and Hillary was not:
At a town hall in Iowa, Clinton said that “one of the most distressing aspects of this campaign has been the language of Republican candidates, particularly the frontrunner, that insults, demeans, denigrates different people.” She went on to say that “American Muslims deserve better,” adding “we cannot tolerate this and we must stand up and say every person in this country deserves to be treated with respect.”
“We cannot tolerate.” Those three words should scare the shit out of anyone who enjoys freedom. You never heard Obama talk like that, but you heard it from Hillary all the time. That is the type of language that makes me not want to vote for you, regardless of how bad your opponent is. “Everyone person deserves to be treated with respect?” Wrong. I don’t have to respect anyone if I don’t want to. If you’re a moron then I’m going to call you that, not tell you how much I value the dumbass things that come out of your mouth.
But although Obama was right about free speech, his Attorney General Loretta Lynch fed into the “muh feels” crowd:
Even if hate speech doesn’t amount to a hate crime, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and others have hypothesized that one may lead to the other. Law enforcement authorities are increasingly girding against that possibility: At an event shortly after last fall’s terror attack in San Bernardino, Calif., Lynch referred to anti-Muslim “rhetoric” that “edges toward violence,” describing the uptick in such sentiments as her “greatest fear.” Others have linked a violent attack on a Colorado abortion clinic to former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s claim that Planned Parenthood was “harvesting baby parts.”
See? It’s the whole bullshit concept that my words can cause other people to do bad things. Using tragedies as a reason to take away other people’s freedoms is fascism.
And the problem with democrats recently is they don’t tell people like Howard Dean to shut the fuck up and stom embarrassing them:
Hate speech is not protected by the first amendment. https://t.co/DOct3xcLoY
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) April 21, 2017
This is not some random whiny SJW at Feelings State University. This is a former governor, Presidential candidate, and chairman of the DNC. He’s the leader, not just some yahoo.
Although this guy is hardly any better:
Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016
Luckily the SCOUTS is often smarter than the President, no matter who that is. They are our last line of defense in the face of dumb fascists who hate freedom. And they made it loud and clear yesterday that Turtleboy isn’t a hate speech blog because there is no such thing as hate speech.
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