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Should Government be allowed to suppress speech because it is offensive to society or to the government?

If you read SCOTUS nominee Elena Kagan's 1996 paper, "Private Speech, Public Purpose: The Role of Governmental Motive in First Amendment Doctrine," Kagan argued it may be proper to suppress speech because it is offensive to society or to the government.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 10:53 PM on May. 11, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Slippery Slope?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:54 PM on May. 11, 2010

  • Nope.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:01 PM on May. 11, 2010

  • Should Government be allowed to suppress speech because it is offensive to society or to the government?
    Hell No

    Slippery Slope?
    It appears to be, yes!
    dandydiane

    Answer by dandydiane at 11:15 PM on May. 11, 2010

  • NOPE! Unacceptable.
    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 11:18 PM on May. 11, 2010

  • SHe also wants a BAN on Late Abortions. That should be a big PLUS in her favor,right?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:22 PM on May. 11, 2010

  • What do you think Obama and gang is trying to do now. They tried to take over the Internet, but the supreme court struck them down.


    They are trying to shut Fox news and talk radio down and anybody else that does not  fall in line.


    If you let them, who will be next?

    Natesmom507

    Answer by Natesmom507 at 11:46 PM on May. 11, 2010

  • No, no way!!!
    TBandNCmommy

    Answer by TBandNCmommy at 11:49 PM on May. 11, 2010

  • I haven't read her paper, so I'm curious, is she talking about political speech? (which i think should always be legal),

    or is she talking the standard already illegal "obscene" things like child porn?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:55 PM on May. 11, 2010

  • Hmm. What about when the speech is pornography?

    That was one of the thorniest subjects in media law, and remains so. But the test the court approved was the standard of the community.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 12:00 AM on May. 12, 2010

  • No she didn't. You didn't read the entire piece. She said it would be nice to think that, but that the Constitutions doesn't allow for that.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 12:34 AM on May. 12, 2010

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