The Supreme Court
Fighting for Freedoms
Guaranteeing everyone freedom of expression frequently means granting rights to people who protest in ways or speak about issues one finds offensive. Most cases involving the protection of First Amendment freedoms that make it all the way to the Supreme Court deal with issues a majority of the population find offensive.
The recent cases I'll review in this section are no different—cross burning and child pornography. These activities offend a large segment of the population, but the freedoms granted all persons under the First Amendment protect even those who offend.
Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Supreme Court © 2004 by Lita Epstein, J.D.. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.