News Sons of Confederate Veterans is claiming Texas violated its free speech

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  1. dawg

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    WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday takes up a free speech case on whether Texas was wrong in rejecting a specialty vehicle license plate displaying the Confederate flag - to some an emblem of Southern pride and to others a symbol of racism.

    The nine justices will hear a one-hour oral argument in a case that raises the issue of how states can allow or reject politically divisive messages on license plates without violating free speech rights. States can generate revenue by allowing outside groups to propose specialty license plates that people then pay a fee to put on their vehicle.


    The group Sons of Confederate Veterans says its aim is to preserve the "history and legacy" of soldiers who fought for the pro-slavery Confederacy in the U.S. Civil War. Its proposed design featured a Confederate battle flag surrounded by the words "Sons of Confederate Veterans 1896." The flag is a blue cross inlaid with white stars over a red background.

    The group's Texas chapter said its members' free speech rights were violated when the state rejected the plate. Several other states have approved similar plates.

    When Texas rejected the proposal in 2010, the state said it had received public comments that suggested "many members of the general public find the design offensive" in large part due to the Confederacy being synonymous with the institution of slavery.

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  2. JameGumb

    JameGumb We're all out of toner!

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    It absolutely is a violation of free speech . If it was a black guy and he wanted some Nation of Islam type of license plate and it was rejected there would be a huge uproar.
     
  3. playitagainfred

    playitagainfred Well-Known Member

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    No matter your opinion of what the group represents it is a free speech issue as long as every criteria other groups have had to meet is met
     
  4. SouthernListen

    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    Fake story. All the sons of Confederate veterans have been dead for years.
     
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    Slavery is long gone.
    This is a free speech issue not a politiclly correct issue and should be allowed.
     
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    If accepting these applications is subjective how is it a violation of their free speech?

    The state is in their rights to reject this, otherwise every jerk-off organization would have their own license plate.
     
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    Two of the most famous cars in the world just wouldn't be the same without Confederate flags...

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    Neither of these would be made today...:coffee:


     
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    Murcielago Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast

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    Why can't it be both? Evolve, people.
     
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    No free speech violation at all. They're asking the state to make a special plate for them. The state is under no obligation to approve it.
     
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    Fuck those southern traitors... What's next, kamikaze bomber plates? Nazi plates?

    You declare war on the U.S of A and you get yours.
     
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    I don't get this great need people have to display their beliefs.proclamations,mantras or even sports teams on their vehicle.There are bumper stickers for this kind of shit....that being said,they should just buy bumper stickers
     
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    It's also the battle flag of those who took up arms against the United States, as the argument goes.
     
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    this would be a great plate for them

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    I'm offended by the right to life license plates.

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    I say remove all those confederate flags!