Chris Cuomo is a fucking idiot. Here’s the evidence:
Yes, Chris, that’s a good idea, you maundering idiot: Read the Constitution your damn self; here’s the relevant portion:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Nope. Nothing in there about hate speech. Michelle Malkin had the response of the day:
Have a read of Reason columnist Robby Soave’s take on this. Excerpt:
As it turns out, the Supreme Court has consistently interpreted the First Amendment to protect all kinds of odious speech, including speech perceived to be hateful. Constitutional speech protections wouldn’t be very strong if they did not include hate speech, since one person’s statement of hate is another’s statement of truth. “George Bush is a war criminal” might be construed as a hateful statement if you’re George Bush, after all.
There are indeed limits on the First Amendment; the Supreme Court has held that “fighting words” and incitements to specific and imminent violence are not protected. But as recently as 2011, the Court ruled 8-1 that the Westboro Baptist Church had a First Amendment right to picket a military funeral and wave signs that read “You’re going to hell” and “Thank God for dead soldiers.”
In other words, it doesn’t look like the Court is ready to undertake some vast reinterpretation of the First Amendment that would possibly justify the claims of the “hate speech isn’t protected” brigade.
Watch now, as before you can say Jack Robinson, Cuomo will be trying to “clarify” his remarks. But this is one bit of stupid you just can’t put back in the can. Who does Mr. Cuomo think he is, anyway – Joe Biden?