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Thread #131989   Message #2982743
Posted By: Crowhugger
08-Sep-10 - 07:16 PM
Thread Name: BS: Burning Korans
Subject: a coupla questions
There are a few posts that seem to say that protection of free speech means the right to burn books &/or other small personal possessions. (Non-sequitur alert: Does that include the right to burn one's own official US flag?)

Back to the topic at hand: At what point does US *criminal* law limit the right of such expression because of harm or credible risk of harm to others? Or is that the domain of civil courts only?

I'm not a lawyer, but in this layperson's understanding, here in Canada, my freedom ends where yours begins, including the notion that you have the right not to have your religious beliefs maligned.

Also, when someone has been informed that a planned behaviour will almost certainly cost lives and disrupt a military mission, then they do it anyway, I'm pretty sure that up here they'd end up convicted at least of manslaughter. I would have thought that the US would be faster than Canada to imprison someone planning to do such a thing.

I'm trying to grasp what place, if any, these principles have in US law as regards the joker under discussion here.