Jones v. Opelika II: Supreme Court Strikes Down Fee to Distribute Literature

Jones v. Opelika II: Supreme Court Strikes Down Fee to Distribute Literature

Jones v. Opelika II

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Argued: Jones v. Opelika II - The Supreme Court will rule that the practice of charging a flat fee for people distributing literature is unconstitutional. The freedom of press is not to be restricted only to those who can afford to pay the licensing fee.

Justice Douglas will write in the majority opinion:

"The mere fact that the religious literature is 'sold' by itinerant preachers rather than 'donated' does not transform evangelism into a commercial enterprise. If it did, then the passing of the collection plate in church would make the church service a commercial projectT.

A minister who sells religious literature does not immediately become a book agent. Also, the freedom of press should not be restricted only to those who can afford to pay the licensing fee."
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