comScore Justice Breyer Likens Koran Burning To Shouting “Fire” In A Crowded Theater | Mediaite
video

Justice Breyer Likens Koran Burning To Shouting “Fire” In A Crowded Theater

While talking to George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer questioned whether the First Amendment condones Koran burning, comparing the act to falsely shouting “fire” in a crowded theater.

“What is the crowded theater today?” asked Breyer, alluding to the famous Supreme Court opinion by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. “What is the being trampled to death?”

Breyer, a Clinton-appointed Justice known for his liberal judicial philosophy, hinted that Koran burning might be similar to the false panic that Holmes’ Court sought to prevent in its ruling. “[The constitutionality of Koran burning] will be answered over time in a series of cases which force people to think carefully,” Breyer said. “That’s the virtue of cases.”

Have a tip we should know? tips@mediaite.com

  1. Mediaite
  2. The Mary Sue
  3. RunwayRiot
  4. Law & Crime
  5. SportsGrid
  6. Gossip Cop