July 25, 2014 – Professor Eugene Volokh discussed speech restrictions in a Deseret News
article on First Amendment violations on college campuses.
“It’s an understandable impulse,” said Eugene Volokh, a UCLA law professor, “but from a First Amendment perspective ‘disrepect’ a particular kind of viewpoint.” One of the key “hate speech” court decisions, Volokh notes, occurred in 1940 and involved inflamatory criticisms aimed by Jehovah’s Witnesses toward Catholics on a public street.
There is no way to control offenses based on gender, race, religion or sexual orientation, Volokh notes, without empowering the state to regulate speech based on viewpoint.
Read the article.