The First Amendment protects “the freedom of speech.” It does not protect only one side of the debate. It is does not protect only polite or politically correct speech. It does not protect only popular speech.
The core values of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Protect thus pivot on:
"[There is] a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open, and that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials."
New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964).
"It is the purpose of the First Amendment to preserve an uninhibited marketplace of ideas in which truth will ultimately prevail, rather than to countenance monopolization of that market, whether it be by the Government itself or a private licensee."
Red Lion Broadcasting Co., Inc. v. FCC, 395 U.S. 367 (1969).
"If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable."
Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397, 414 (1989).
"[It is] often true that one man’s vulgarity is another’s lyric. Indeed, we think it is largely because governmental officials cannot make principled distinctions in this area that the Constitution leaves matters of taste and style so largely to the individual."
Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15, 25 (1971).
"The college classroom with its surrounding environs is peculiarly the marketplace of ideas."
Healy v. James, 408 U.S. 169, 180 (1972).
"The right of freedom of speech and press includes not only the right to utter or to print, but the right to distribute, the right to receive, the right to read . . . and freedom of inquiry, freedom of thought, and freedom to teach – indeed the freedom of the entire university community."
Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479, 482 (1965).