Some people are beneath contempt — like the sickos who sell gleefully-shot videos of animals being killed. We ought to exclude them from polite society by denouncing them and choosing not to associate with them.
What we can't do, however, is take away their free-speech rights. The Supreme Court has recognized that just now, in an 8-to-1 decision, affirming, in U.S. vs Stevens, that the First Amendment may not be suspended for speech that is unpopular, really unpopular, or really really unpopular. In fact, exactly the opposite. Really really unpopular speech is why the First Amendment exists.
It seems that everybody but Justice Sam Alito gets that.
[via Marc Randazza]