February 20, 2004

Speak No Evil In RI (retracted)

[Governor] Carcieri has proposed, among several other steps, making it illegal in Rhode Island to “speak, utter, or print” statements in support of anarchy or government overthrow. (free registration required)

His proposal would make it unlawful for any person “to teach or advocate” a government overthrow, or display “any flag or emblem other than the flag of the United States” as preferable to the United States government.

Both acts are plainly protected, the experts said, by the First Amendment, part of the Bill of Rights, enacted in 1791. …

It looks like RI’s governor has hopped off the deep end, or perhaps he’s codifying something he thought was already obvious to people. Who knows what he was thinking.

Here’s the full text of his proposal.

And… boy that didn’t last long. Before I’m even done with the post, a Google search shows that Carcieri has withdrawn the bill. (no registration required there) My guess is, the drugs wore off.

Posted by James at February 20, 2004 10:51 PM
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Can I tell you how embarrassed I am to have not been on the ball to cover this? Gah. Stupid website.

Posted by: Bil at February 21, 2004 2:32 PM

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