Argumentative Essay

Argumentative Essay - Valenza 1 Joe Valenza Professor...

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Valenza 1 Joe Valenza Professor Fadda-Conrey English 1011, Section 146 12 December 2007 “1 st Amendments Affect on College Students” If a Saint Joseph’s student saw somebody with a Villanova University flag in their window, how do you think the Saint Joseph’s student would feel? In Derek Bok’s essay “Protecting Freedom of Expression on the Campus”, he gives a good example of student’s using the First Amendment and their freedom of speech by displaying Confederate flags in public view and to protest this public viewing, another student displayed a swastika. Currently at this time, he was the dean of the law school at Harvard University. Bok’s argument in this essay he has written is fully agreeable. I agree with everything that Bok says in his essay because his idea of trying to resolve this problem, from explaining why the students did what they did to explaining why the students can’t be punished for it to finally how to resolve this problem without forcing them to take down the flags, is quite impressive and flawless. The US Constitution offers an extensive definition of the First Amendment. Ultimately the First Amendment is defined as “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.” Freedom of speech is protected under the First Amendment but it doesn’t mean that the student’s in Bok’s example are expressing their freedom of speech immorally, rude, and uncivilly. The students who chose to display the Confederate flag cannot be prosecuted
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