Mark Morford declined to eulogize Jerry Falwell, and instead dedicated his column to repeating some of the more horrifying quotes that spewed from the deceased’s mouth during his lifetime. My favorite from the list? “The First Amendment is not without limits.” Partly because it is demonstrably true. Of course, what Mr. Falwell was presumably saying is, “The First Amendment ought to be more limited.” Now, I’m reasonably certain Mr. Falwell was referring to the Speech Clause, suggesting, essentially, that parody and pornography ought not be protected speech (or at least not as protected).
But I grant my favor to the quote, and am amused by it, because the First Amendment also includes, inter alia, the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses. Did Mr. Falwell support fewer constitutional protections for religious activities? Likely not. But he said it. Which really just illustrates my concern about quotes, generally.