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1st Amendment – The Right to Protest & The Difficult Case of Hate Speech
November 13, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Among those constitutional principles are the foundational freedoms protected by the First Amendment: the freedoms of speech and press, assembly and petition, and religious freedom. Each of these constitutional commitments has been called into question in recent months by the statements and actions of President Trump. Threats to deny access to members of the press deemed antagonistic and to reform libel law to make it easier to sue the media, talk of criminalizing flag- burning and efforts to curb protest are all inimical to the First Amendment rights that the scholars wrote are “critical to preserving a functioning democracy.”