The Bill Of Rights

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A controversial topic that many protested for was, freedom of speech. After many years of wanting to be heard, Americans finally achieved the assurance of having a voice. The Bill of Rights was passed on December 15, 1791; commencing with the First Amendment. The First Amendments defends freedom of speech, press, religion, assembly and petition. Stated in the U.S. Constitution, the First Amendment declares "Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech.” Thus, meaning that citizens cannot be imposed of civil liability from what they say or write with exceptions. Even though freedom of speech recognizes many arguments, discussions, and expression, it will only be valid through the qualifications the First Amendments states with the exceptions included. Highly entrenched in the constitution, freedom of speech is one of the most treasured freedoms that has been protected once achieved. Many back in the day, fought for this privilege that we now have. Back then, they were not allowed to speak against the government with topics such as, unfair laws, taxation, etc. With such privilege though, there had to be some clarifications. Freedom of speech does not imply that there is a right to speak anywhere and at any time. There is a time and place for everything. Thus, meaning that protestor can protest in areas that are neutral; being that they initially favor both sides. Other restrictions are, advocacy of unlawful activities, fighting words, and hate speech. In a

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