Question at State Dept.: Was Jay Leno's Joke Constitutional?

January 27, 2012 - 1:52 PM

A reporter on Wednesday asked the State Department if Jay Leno's joke - that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's summer home was the Golden Palace, the holiest site of the Sikhs - was constitutional.

State Dept. spokesperson Victoria Nuland responds by affirming the administration's belief "in both freedom of religion and tolerance for all religions.”

Nuland made no mention, however, of the Constitution's First Amendment right of freedom of speech.

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