Loss Of Freedom Of Speech

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Freedom of speech, this was included in the first amendment of the Bill of Rights. This is considered to be one of the most important amendments, and is one of the most valued, that our country was founded on. Every citizen of the U.S. is guaranteed the freedom of speech as well as protection for those who try to limit speech. However the freedom of speech, like anything in this life, needs to be taken care of. If we do not take proper care of this amendment it could essentially become useless. This is why court cases are so important, they help to keep the first amendment, more importantly freedom of speech, strong.

The first amendment was ratified on December 15, 1791 and was one of the key amendments of the Bill of Rights. The first amendment guaranteed the right to free speech, religion, assembly, press, and the right to petition. The right to free speech allows an individual to openly express their opinion on any certain topic and non-violent manner. Essentially allows citizens to criticize the government with having to worry about prosecution. “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter”, this is a quote from George Washington. …show more content…

Des Moines. This case involved a group of students wore black armbands to school to support truce in the vietnam war. The school administers took measures to try and prevent the protest, but when the students refused to remove the armbands they were suspended from school until the time when the protest was scheduled to end. The main issue in this case was that the school administration had the authority to limit freedom of speech, and protest, if it was deemed disruptive to the learning environment. However, the supreme court deemed the form of symbolic speech non-disruptive and upheld the students free

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