EN102 RR Prompt 1 (Just How Free is Free Speach)

EN102 RR Prompt 1 (Just How Free is Free Speach) - Prof....

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Prof. Swanson EN102/ Spring 2009 RR Prompt 1 Due Date: Wednesday, Feb. 4 th Just How Free is Free Speech? “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.” ~ Amendment I, The Bill of Rights We have all grown up in a society that tells us that our rights to freedom of speech and self-expression are guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. However, many people remain sadly unaware of the unique variety of loopholes that unfortunately accompany this guarantee. Despite the absolutism of the clause, " Congress shall make no law…," it has never been interpreted by the Supreme Court as an absolute prohibition on governmental regulation of free speech. Therefore, governmental regulations on speech are still made. The government’s way around the “free speech” clause is to prohibit speech based on which “category” it falls in to, not on the basis of its content.
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