Hustler Magazine vs. Falwell

Just finished watching The People vs. Larry Flynt over at Cinemax that prompted me to look up his Supreme Court Case (Husler Magazine vs. Falwell, 485 U.S. 46 [1988] ).

Due to his legal battles, Larry Flynt has, wittingly or unwittingly, become a defender of US Civil liberties, as seen in his personal website.

Let me quote something from the decision (grabed from here), as likewise used in the movie:

At the heart of the First Amendment [the freedom of expression] is the recognition of the fundamental importance of the free flow of ideas and opinions on matters of public interest and concern. “[T]he [485 U.S. 46, 51] freedom to speak one’s mind is not only an aspect of individual liberty – and thus a good unto itself – but also is essential to the common quest for truth and the vitality of society as a whole.” Bose Corp. v. Consumers Union of United States, Inc., 466 U.S. 485, 503 -504 (1984). We have therefore been particularly vigilant to ensure that individual expressions of ideas remain free from governmentally imposed sanctions. The First Amendment recognizes no such thing as a “false” idea. Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc., 418 U.S. 323, 339 (1974). As Justice Holmes wrote, “when men have realized that time has upset many fighting faiths, they may come to believe even more than they believe the very foundations of their own conduct that the ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas – that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market . . . .” Abrams v. United States, 250 U.S. 616, 630 (1919) (dissenting opinion).

Powerful words. May this inspire you to blog on.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s