Statue of Justitia at Northwest University of Politics and Law in Xi'an, China (from Wikipedia Commons)

Statue of Justitia at Northwest University of Politics and Law in Xi'an, China (from Wikipedia Commons)

Perhaps many know of the legal case, Hustler Magazine, Inc. v. Falwell, 485 U.S. 46 (1988) and the US Supreme Court’s statement?

At the heart of the First Amendment is the recognition of the fundamental importance of the free flow of ideas and opinions on matters of public interest and concern. The freedom to speak one’s mind is not only an aspect of individual liberty – and thus a good unto itself – but also is essential to the common quest for truth and the vitality of society as a whole. We have therefore been particularly vigilant to ensure that individual expressions of ideas remain free from governmentally imposed sanctions.

(excerpt from “Hustler Magazine v. Falwell“)

Today I read Larry Flynt’s “Why I Am Donating $50,000 to WikiLeaks’ Defense Fund” and I applaud that decision. However, I respectfully appeal to Mr. Flynt to also consider the inhumane conditions of Bradley Manning’s detention, enlightened self-interest and therefore consider extending his generosity towards Mr. Manning’s legal defense fund as well.

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