The Supreme Court Ruled in Support of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler About “Protected Speech”

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June 4, 2017 by Alfred

In The Washington Post’s June 1, 2017 editorial titled  Free Speech vs. Decency in Portland,”  it states that Portland’s Mayor Ted Wheeler’s commendable (temporary) ban of rallies by extreme right-wing white supremacist ethno-nationalist  Alt-Right/NeoNazi type organizations is an act which  violates the First Amendment “Free Speech” clause of the U.S. Constitution.

What happened on a train in Portland, Oregon is that  two young American female friends, one of which was wearing a veil,  were  vituperatively and terrorizingly  verbally assaulted and told to go back where they belong by a white supremacist racist who is also a violator of religious freedom, when two American male solid citizens who also were friends, one of them a former military officer and the other one who had just graduated from college,  intervened to protect the two females by  merely trying in a very urbane manner to tell the agressor that these ladies deserve to be respected and left alone.    Very tragically both men lost their lives when said right-wing extremist supremacist stabbed them  to death in response to their statement.

In its ruling on “Chaplinsky v.  New Hampshire”, the Supreme Court clearly established that speech which incites violence is not protected by the First Amendment.

It is deplorable that this Supreme Court ruling is being ignored either deliberately or by incompetence or Supreme Court ruling’s history amnesia.


The following is a one paragraph synopsis of said  1942 important ruling which allows Mayor Ted Wheeler to commendably block planned rallies by Neo-Nazi groups inspired by Trump and the websites such as Breitbart of Trump’s advisor Steve Bannon,   and by the likes of Richard Spencer et al.  which in the past and presently have incited racist and anti-religious violence by fundamentalist white supremacists and which have in the past, and in this case,  turned lethal.

“ Chaplinsky vNew Hampshire, 315 U.S. 568 (1942), is a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court articulated the fighting words doctrine, a limitation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech.”

This is called the “fighting words doctrine” which the U.S. Supreme Court established in 1942 by a vote of 9-0. 

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