Freedom Of Speech : Bill Of Rights

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One can read in the Bill of Rights in the First Amendment the following: “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 of grievances” ("Bill of Rights - Bill of Rights Institute." Bill of Rights Institute). How do these “Clauses” protect us within the First Amendment? Do we really have “freedom of speech”? Let us find out.
The Establishment Clause deals with where the state and religion are separated, in other words the separation of church and state. In this clause, it allows citizens to be able to worship whatever religion they desire and the government could not interfere. This meant that one could not worship any area that was supported by the government such as schools, extra-curricular activities, and of course any governmental entity. The pledge of allegiance was taken out, prayer was taken out as well.
Some cases that were brought to the Supreme Court were Tinker vs. Des Moines ISD in 1969. In this particular case, Tinker was protesting the war of Vietnam by wearing black arm bands. The student refused to remove them when asked to. The student was suspended and her father took action by suing the school district. The Supreme Court was in favor of Tinker because it said that it violated her First Amendment of freedom of speech. Another case was Cohen vs. the…
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