Bill of Rights

By: Grace Luciano

Amendment One-Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, and Assembly

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress pf grievances."

Amendment One- Freedom of Speech

Explanation
The government cannot prevent individuals from freely expressing their opinions. Therefore, citizens have the right to criticize the government and to spread unpopular ideas. Freedom of speech is not unlimited. So, laws prohibit slander and libel. Slander is false speech intended to damage a persons reputation. Libel applies to written or published statements. Also you cannot endanger the nation by giving away military secrets or calling for the violent overthrow of the government.

Historical
Freedom of Speech was added to the Bill of Rights because the Founding Fathers believed that if freedom of speech was not included in the Bill of Rights then many people would rebel and would not be held against it. If the government did not prevent individuals from freely expressing their opinions then many people would be violent with their actions.


Current Use
There are many current uses of violations of Freedom of Speech. For example the staff of the Central Connecticut State University student-run newspaper printed 150 copies of their newspaper "The Recorder".The editor of The Recorder, Nicholas Proch, walked into the Student Center were the newspapers were usually printed, all three racks of the newspaper was gone. Thinking he had been robbed Nicholas filed a police report. It turns out the Men's Soccer Coach stole the newspaper, because he was upset with what had been printed about the Men's Soccer team.

Opinion with support
I believe that what the Men's soccer coach did was irresponsible and wrong. In the First Amendment it clearly states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press..." Therefore the newspaper can print whatever they want, if the Soccer Coach felt that something had been printed that was untrue or false he should have talked to the editor rather than stealing all the newspaper and no coming clean about his crime.



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