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Bell Ringer: Deliberation- Snyder v. Phelps "Our Willingness to Accept Despicable Speech"

"Our Willingness to Accept Despicable Speech"

Yale University law professor Heather Gerken discusses the Supreme Court's Snyder v. Phelps decision.

Description

Yale University law professor Heather Gerken discusses the Supreme Court's Snyder v. Phelps decision.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Based on the facts of Snyder v. Phelps, why might Professor Gerken have concluded that, “If there was a case that must have tempted the justices to create an exception to the usual rule for the First Amendment, it was this one?”
  • According to Professor Gerken, what free speech exception did Justice Alito advocate for in his dissent? Do you find his argument to be compelling? Why or why not?
  • Do you agree with the SCOTUS majority opinion that the private nature of a funeral doesn’t affect the public nature of the speech in question? Why or why not?
  • What does Columbia President Lee Bollinger, quoted by Professor Gerken, mean by his assertion, “The First Amendment is important as much because it signals our willingness to allow despicable speech as for the rights of the speaker itself?” To what extent do you agree with it and why? Is that sufficient reason to accept or allow speech that most Americans may view with revulsion?

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • 1st Amendment
    • Freedom Of Speech
    • Marketplace Of Ideas
    • Protest
    • Supreme Court

    Topics

    Civil Rights & Civil LibertiesSupreme Court Cases

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh School