5 Favorite First Amendment Quotes: Matching Game

By March 9, 2011

The First Amendment Center’s David L. Hudson Jr. counts down his five favorite quotes from First Amendment jurisprudence here. The list includes a few FIRE favorites!

Can you match the quotation to the opinion?

1. "If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein."

2. "If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable."

3. "But, above all else, the First Amendment means that government has no power to restrict expression because of its message, its ideas, its subject matter, or its content."

4. "If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the process of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."

5. "For, while the particular four-letter word being litigated here is perhaps more distasteful than most others of its genre, it is nevertheless true that one man’s vulgarity is another’s lyric."

A. Cohen v. California (1971)
B. Police Department of Chicago v. Mosley (1972)
C. Texas v. Johnson (1989)
D. West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette (1943)
E. Whitney v. California (1927) (concurring opinion)

Answers here.