Freedom of Speech

The first amendment of the Bill of Rights grants us freedom of speech, which includes both the things we say and our symbolic actions. The power of free speech is vast. Because the government can’t impede our ability to formulate our own opinions, we can speak out, whether in protest or support, of cultural issues. This gives us the power to elicit change and progress, without the fear of being arrested and prosecuted for doing so. It’s important to understand that there are certain things that aren’t protected by this amendment, such as using words that present a “clear and present danger” to those around us, or infringe on the rights of other people. We do, however, enjoy the freedom to express our own beliefs and opinions, to protest (peacefully) against things we don’t agree with, and to have access to a free press.

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” –George Washington

Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
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