05/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Ward Churchill VERDICT: Jury Overturns School Decision!

Most Americans understand that protecting free speech means defending not only those who speak truth to power but those who hate us, scare us, revolt us or offend us.

The United States has upheld the right of Nazis to march through Jewish neighborhoods and the right of Hustler publisher Larry Flynt to portray Jerry Falwell losing his virginity to his mother in an outhouse. It has permitted communists to advocate the overthrow of the government and paparazzi to poke their cameras into the private lives of others. Americans don't have to approve of these behaviors to recognize that they are protected under the 1st Amendment.

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