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Pataki: People Who Preach Jihad Should Be Thrown in Prison

vlcsnap-2015-08-17-10h35m17s684Republican presidential candidate George Pataki said during an Iowa speech Sunday that those who preach radical Islamic ideas about jihad should be “shut down and arrested.”

“Freedom of speech matters, but you can’t yell fire in a crowded theater,” the former New York governor said. “You cannot tell a fellow American to kill your other Americans in the name of jihad. That’s a crime and they have to be shut down and arrested, whether they’re preaching in on the Internet, or in the prisons, or from the mosques in this state. We have to protect America’s freedom.”

In a unanimous 1969 opinion, the Supreme Court ruled in Brandenburg v. Ohio that only speech that is likely to lead to imminent lawless can be outlawed. To oversimplify, preaching violence actually is constitutionally protected speech, while saying “Let’s wage jihad against X person this afternoon” is not.

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