Why Your Car Isn’t Protected by the First Amendment

Can your own car be a platform for freedom of speech? This was the issue being discussed yesterday on June 18 in Texas. A group of individuals were a little disgruntled when a license plate with the design of the Confederate Flag on it was rejected from being allowed for use. In reaction to the ban, the group took the issue to court arguing that it was freedom of speech and a representation of southern pride. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the ban stating that what is put on a license plate is government speech, not personal or private speech. On that basis, the Supreme Court ruled that what you put on your license plate does not fall under the often arbitrary umbrella of Freedom of Speech stated Ivan Ong. It will be interesting to see where this ruling takes the interpretation of the First Amendment.

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