Religious and philosophical views must not be discussed in the public square, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled.
The decision means that religious and philosophical ideas can not be banned from public forums, such as the courts, in a move that would make the court the first in the world to do so.
The court’s ruling came after a two-week long hearing in which the justices debated whether religious and ethical views, which are the bedrock of the religion and philosophy, can be discussed on public media.
The justices unanimously upheld a ban on religious and moral views being discussed on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
The Supreme Court ruled that a law that bans “hate speech” must also ban “political, racial, religious, or other discriminatory conduct.”
The court also ruled that the “public interest in protecting the right to religious and spiritual beliefs outweighs the public interest in suppressing free speech.”
The Supreme’s decision is a major setback for the legal battle over a California law that prohibits “anti-Semitic, homophobic, or misogynistic” content.
The law was passed in January to combat the spread of an online movement that encourages people to harass people who criticize Judaism and Islam.
It is aimed at those who say religion should be free of political views.