Understand the conflict that can occur between free speech and public order.
1. The balance between freedom and order is tested when
protest verges on harassment (as illustrated by the dispute over protesters lined up outside abortion clinics).
2. Within reasonable limits (called time, place, and manner restrictions) to preserve public order, freedom of assembly includes the rights to parade, picket, and protest.
3. The Supreme Court has generally upheld the right of any group—no matter how controversial or offensive—to peaceably assemble on public property.