So Much for Free Speech: It is, sadly, barely newsworthy anymore: Americans don't care much for the First Amendment.

The annual Freedom Forum 2000 survey says the majority of the public would prohibit speech considered offensive by racial minorities (77%) or religious groups (53%).

About 75% would allow flag burning -- presumably even by disgruntled veterans -- to be punished.

The good news, if any? 74% of those surveyed say "material on the Internet should have the same First Amendment protection as printed material, such as books and newspapers."

But in light of their other attitudes, what sort of protection is that?

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