Napolitano Agrees With Ruling Allowing Controversial 'Jihad' Ads, Says Law Allows Americans Maximum Freedom
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that Israel has no roots in the Middle East and will be “eliminated.” Well, now defenders of Israel are fighting back by running ads in New York City subways that say things like, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel, defeat Jihad.”
Despite the fact that the U.S. government originally rejected the ads saying they were incendiary, a federal judge ruled that the government can’t make that judgment, effectively allowing the ads to run.
Judge Napolitano said that according to the Supreme Court “all innocuous speech is absolutely protected, and all speech is innocuous when there is time for more speech to address it.”
He continued, “The purpose of this rule is to encourage maximum free speech, and to limit to only the tiniest of areas where the government may punish speech.”
Napolitano asserted that he “profoundly” agrees with the law. “When this law is followed by the government and by the courts … it provides maximum freedom, maximum opportunity for people in America to speak their minds, no matter what they have to say and that’s the essence of the First Amendment,” he said.