Larry Flynt, 1st Amendment Freedom Fighter

Just a few quotes:

“I think the real obscenity comes from raising out youth to believe that sex is bad and ugly and dirty. And yet, it is heroic to go spill guts and blood in the most ghastly manner in the name of humanity. With all the taboos attached to sex, it’s no wonder we have the problems we have. It’s no wonder were angry and violent and genocidal. But, ask yourself the question, what is more obscene: sex or war?” [italics mine]

“Why do I have to go to jail to protect your freedom?”

And just in case you forgot:
CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF; OR ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, OR OF THE PRESS; OR THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE PEACEABLY TO ASSEMBLE, AND TO PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES.

And from the Supreme Court Case of Hustler Magazine, Inc. et al. v. Jerry Falwell

“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 [must] therefore been particularly vigilant to ensure that individual expressions of ideas remain free from governmentally imposed sanctions.”
– CHIEF JUSTICE WILLIAM REHNQUIST (italics mine)

Note: I am not a reader of any of Mr Flynts publications, but I have read his ’96 autobiograpy, Unseemly Man, and seen the movie The People vs. Larry Flynt; because I do believe that he has and will continue to stand up for your rights and mine. We should not let anyone (the State especially) take away or limit our 1st Amendment Freedoms.

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