Free Speech Or Freedom Of Speech

911 Words Dec 18th, 2015 4 Pages
America is known as The Land of Freedom, basically we are entitled for legal freedom to do whatever we wanted to. However, the freedom of speech has been challenged by many university students and educators recently. In their argument, they believe that free speech has triggered students’ unhappiness and jeopardize campus’ safety. What is the free speech or freedom of speech? According to dictionary, freedom of speech is the right of people to express their opinions publicly without governmental interference, subject to the laws against libel, incitement to violence or rebellion and etcetera.
Based on U.S Court Judicial Branch of the U.S. Government, the freedom of speech includes the rights not to speak (West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943), students to wear black armbands to school to protest a war (Tinker v. Des Moines, 393 U.S. 503 (1969), use certain offensive words and phrases to convey political messages (Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971), contribute money under certain circumstances to political campaigns (Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976), advertise commercial products and professional services with some restrictions (Virginia Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Consumer Council, 425 U.S. 748 (1976); Bates v. State Bar of Arizona, 433 U.S. 350 (1977) and engage in symbolic speech (Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989); United States v. Eichman, 496 U.S. 310 (1990).
Disparity and Harm In the article “The Harm of Free…
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