Unformatted text preview: had a distinctively political nature. The fact that an audience takes offense to certain ideas or expression, the Court found, does not justify prohibitions of speech. The Court also held that state officials did not have the authority to designate symbols to be used to communicate only limited sets of messages, noting that "[i]f 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." Decisions Decision: 5 votes for Johnson, 4 vote(s) against Legal provision: Amendment 1: Speech, Press, and Assembly...
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- Spring '10
- Supreme Court of the United States, First Amendment to the United States Constitution, American flag, Gregory Lee Johnson, Dallas City Hall, Reagan administration policies