Judge Andrew Napolitano stood up for free speech in America as he criticized a New York Times op-ed written by a liberal professor who said free speech should be restricted to protect “marginalized” people.
It was New York University Professor Ulrich Baer who wants free speech restricted to ‘protect’ marginalized people in our society, namely illegal immigrants.
His comments were aimed at Ann Coulter’s upcoming speech at the University of California-Berkeley where both sides are planning protest march and planned violence.
Early this week Berkeley cancelled Coulter’s speech citing numerous reasons but not coming right out and admitting that they don’t like what she’s going to say and that they want to silence her.
Napolitano says that the First Amendment “absolutely does protect hate speech,” and dismissed the professor’s claim that Coulter’s oratory is “hate speech.”
He said the First Amendment was not intended to protect only like-minded ideas, and slammed former DNC Chair Howard Dean (D-Vt.) for also calling it hate speech.
“Howard Dean is a physician, he’s not a lawyer, or a Constitutional scholar.”
“The listener gets to decide what he wants to hear and the speaker gets to decide what she wants to say. The government has no role in it, that’s not me, that’s the Supreme Court of the United States,” he said.
He also said that the New York Times previously criticized President Bush for his “free speech zones” idea in the early 2000s and now seems to be suddenly supporting such “zones.”
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