Freedom of Speech vs Censorship Essays

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We are blessed to live in a country that has many rights, the most important is the freedom of speech which provides an umbrella of protection over our remaining rights; however, all of our rights are under attack beginning with the First Amendment which is under constant assault by censorship. The Constitution of the United States says 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; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Censorship as defined by Wikipedia is “the suppression of speech or deletion of communicative material which…show more content…
There is no need for the Government to pass a law that imprisons us or levies a fine against us to keep us from uttering these words or phrases. Proponents of censorship seem to believe that they alone can determine what is and isn’t offensive to everyone. They believe that their own freedom of speech will remain intact when they have successfully silenced those that they oppose. They don’t seem to understand that once one group’s rights are taken away, we are all subject to loss of our constitutional right to speak and think freely. As per Webster’s dictionary Abridging is defined as follows: “In law it signifies particularly the making of a declaration or count shorter, by taking or severing away some of the substance from it.” The Constitution guarantees us the right to Freedom of Speech. Nowhere in the First Amendment does it state that we have the right to freedom of speech as long as everyone agrees with us and likes what we say. Quite the contrary, it states that “Congress shall pass no laws abridging our right to freedom of speech.” Censorship does exactly that, severs away our right to freedom of speech. Censorship is Government telling us what we are to approve of and disapprove of. It is Government abridging our right to freedom of speech. Censorship takes many forms in our society today. First it takes the form of political correctness. The purpose
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