Thursday, November 13, 2008

Finding Our First Amendment Rights

It remains interesting to see what the courts view as protected and not protected political speech under the First Amendment. Over the last three decades, under the guise of campaign finance reform, courts have held that restrictions can be placed on the rights of individuals and groups to fund political speech.

While that kind of freedom is suppressed, a judge in Portland, Oregon has ruled that a person has the right to ride a bicycle naked through the city as a form of political protest. Judge Jerome Labarre claimed that naked bicycle riding is a "well-established tradition" in Portland. He dismissed charges against Michael Hammond, who said that he will engage in the activity again.


Blogger Lanette said...

The question of the day is is he fit? While I am typically against obtaining permits for protesting or any other exercises of our freedom of speech; in this case, I believe one must obtain a permit, and the sole criteria is based on physical fitness. After all, no one wants to see a naked, fat person riding a bicycle.

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