Evelyn Beatrice Hall, not Voltaire, once said, “I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
This week, the Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Trademark office cannot deny a trademark just because it is offensive.
An Asian-American band named ‘The Slants’ were denied a federal trademark in 2010 because their band name was deemed offensive by the powers that be at the U.S. Trademark Office. Seven years later, their fight is over, having a decades old law struck down that restricted who can get a federal trademark.
Outside of ‘The Slants’, the biggest winner in this has to be the Washington Redskins.
Back in 2014, the Redskins had their trademark cancelled after a complaint was filed saying the name was offensive. A year later, a federal judge agreed and ordered the trademark cancelled.
This week’s ruling should end the Redskins’ fight to keep their trademark.
Justice Alito, who wrote the opinion for the 8-0 ruling (Justice Gorsuch did not vote on the case, as he wasn’t on the Court for oral arguments) said, “It offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground [sic] that it expresses ideas that offend.”
Alito’s statement should be read by the leftist campus activists who have protested and rioted to stop right-of-center speakers from lecturing on their campuses.
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