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Justice Breyer Suggests That Burning a Quran Could be Like Shouting 'Fire' in a Crowded Theatre--Thus Not Protected by 1st Amendment
by Chris Neefus
Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer said on Tuesday that globalization may change the way the First Amendment applies in the United States, and he suggested that Pastor Terry Jones' proposed Quran-burning may or may not be protected under the First Amendment.
Breyer -- appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America" to promote his book "Making Our Democracy Work" -- made the comments to anchor George Stephanopoulos.
Stephanopoulos was a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton when Breyer was elevated to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1994. The ABC anchorman asked the justice to explain whether globalization, and Jones's ability to broadcast his actions, poses "a challenge" to the First Amendment.
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