Festival Policy Silences Annoying Preaching
The First Amendment prohibits the suppression of free speech activities by government. Further, when private individuals or groups are involved, there must be a sufficient degree of governmental involvement to establish the necessary “state action” to trigger First Amendment protection. Such constitutional protection for individuals and groups, however, is not absolute. Free speech activities are still subject to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions by government. Moreover, public parks are considered the “quintessential” public forums in which individuals and groups have traditionally engaged in free speech activities.
To be considered a reasonable time, place, and manner restriction, governmental regulation of free speech activities must be content neutral. To be considered ....
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