Justice John Paul Stevens Quote

“Just as the right to speak and the right to refrain from speaking are complementary components of a broader concept of individual freedom, so also the individual’s freedom to choose his own creed is the counterpart of his right to refrain from accepting the creed established by the majority.”

~ Justice John Paul Stevens

Wallace v. Jaffree, 1985

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E Archer, NYC


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Ethan    12/20/07

Right on. Unfortunately not quite what we see in the US all the time.

A. Woods, Gloucester

Well said.

Waffler, Smith, Arkansas

The greatest creed is to choose no creed at all, don't take side with parties or creeds that wish to tell you what to think but keep your options open.

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anonymous    1/3/14

If only this were a commandment people were willing to live by when a tyranny of creeds begins to shout.


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