JUST IN: Supreme Court Just Ruled In MAJOR Freedom Of Speech Case…

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This week the Supreme Court rendered a verdict on the side of freedom and supported the 1st amendment rights of all Americans as a result.  It was a loss for political correctness and the progressive agenda that would seek to silence all of us in the name of “offense.” The Supreme Court ruled that offensive trademarks are constitutionally protected speech.

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The case in question concerns an Oregon band of musicians of Asian heritage calling themselves the Slants and they won the right to trademark their name.

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In a statement made on their Facebook page, the Slants state in part –

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“…During the fight, we found the Trademark Office justifying the denial of rights to people based on their race, religion, sexual orientation, and political views, simply because they disagreed with the message of these groups. To that end, they knowingly used false and misleading information, supported by questionable sources such as UrbanDictionary.com, while placing undue burdens on vulnerable communities and small business owners by forcing them into a lengthy, expensive, and biased appeals process. The Supreme Court has vindicated First Amendment rights not only for our The Slants, but all Americans who are fighting against paternal government policies that ultimately lead to viewpoint discrimination….”

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Band founder Simon Tam claims the appellation was an attempt to reclaim the slur.

The case could have far-reaching implications for other matters as well.   The U.S. Trademark and Patent Office previously canceled the Washington Redskins’ trademark.  In fact, six of the Washington Redskins registrations were previously canceled because the name was considered offensive to Native Americans. All appeals were unsuccessful, and the Supreme Court declined to hear their case.

Yet shockingly this week the Supreme Court issued an 8-0 ruling in the Slants’ case concerning a governmental regulation on free speech. Even more shocking, the far left leaning members of the Court even agreed that free speech cannot and should not be regulated as “hate speech.”

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Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his opinion –

[The idea that the government may restrict] speech expressing ideas that offend … strikes at the heart of the First Amendment. Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express “the thought that we hate.”

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the dissenting opinion –

A law that can be directed against speech found offensive to some portion of the public can be turned against minority and dissenting views to the detriment of all. The First Amendment does not entrust that power to the government’s benevolence. Instead, our reliance must be on the substantial safeguards of free and open discussion in a democratic society.

Well, hallelujah! It seems they finally agree on something!

Will the witch hunt against “free speech” end with this legal victory? Or is this simply one victory is a much larger battle?

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