Friday, April 02, 2010

Free Speech Prevails at Camp LeJeune

Camp LeJeune Marine Corps base in North Carolina tried to ban stickers critical of Islam that they deemed inflammatory (like the one pictured above) but a federal judge has now barred them from doing so.

"...The ruling came in the case of a civilian employee who had served 25 years in the Marines including two combat tours in Vietnam before he retired.

Jesse Nieto lost his youngest son, Marc, in the Oct. 12, 2000, attack on the USS Cole by Islamic terrorists and subsequently carried bumper stickers and decals critical of the violence of Islam, including "We died, they rejoiced," "Islam = Terrorism" and a picture of Calvin, of Calvin and Hobbes cartoon fame, urinating on a cartoon illustration of Muhammad.

The camp base ordered the criticisms of Islam censored, and when Nieto refused, brought court action against him.

Yesterday's ruling from Senior U.S. District Judge Malcom J. Howard reversed the order.

"Because defendants have applied Base Traffic Regulation BO 5560.2M … in a manner that discriminates against plaintiff's message, they have violated his individual rights as protected by the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution," the judge wrote..." (source)

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