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Freedom of speech: Pros, cons, and information

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Transcript of Freedom of speech: Pros, cons, and information

Freedom of speech has been around since the Ancient Greeks, when they started their own democracy for their city-states.
N. : the right to express any opinions without censorship or restraint (Oxford University)

N. : Freedom of speech is the political right to communicate one's opinions and ideas. (Wikipedia)

N. :The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference (US legal)


A Dictionary's Definition
Freedom of speech to me is an important right, causing many problems to erupt if it wasn't.
Freedom of speech to me means the right to say what you want without fear in the government arresting you. It also means you have the right to do anything you want with your beliefs, not being barred and held down by the government's power.
My definition
Freedom of speech, like many other things, has its flaws that cant be changed no matter how hard someone tries to fix it. Problems arise and bloom everywhere, too fast for even 1000 people to keep up with.
Freedom of speech gives way to bullying.
Even though freedom of speech does not protect bullying , people believe that it does. Some bullies keep teasing people because they think they have the right to. But when they find out bullying is wrong, freedom of speech grasps them and holds them down. Freedom of speech can be misinterpreted , resulting into dangerous and not-needed situations.
Freedom of speech causes trouble.
Human nature is to fight and argue about any topic, and freedom of speech is no exception. Freedom of speech is a controversial topic talked about across the world, and people are gone by the day just because of a little fight about what you can express and not express.
Cons Of freedom of speech
The Bill of Rights supported freedom of speech really well.
The first ammendmant is a right that protects freedom of speech, expression, religion, and petitioning.
It is part of the document the Bill of Rights , a 10 list ammendments that contains rights taht can not be taken by the government.
The United States is one of the few governments that have freedom of speech.
It was proposed by one of the founding fathers of the country, James Madison himself. He was thinking there should be rights that protected the people and limited the government's power.
Freedom of speech is a topic that people can get assassinated over, just because people were expressing what they personally believed.
Freedom of speech & First ammendmant: Pros, cons, and information
Facts About Freedom of Speech
Freedom of speech has many benefits to it, making the world a better place by the day.
Freedom of speech gives people the ability to have their identity
Freedom of speech helps people have their identity shown by letting them say what they believe. This gives people the power to show who they are as a person, and not as a quiet sheep that follows the herd. Doing this, people would have higher belief in themselves, pushing them to work harder for their rights.
Pros of Freedom of Speech
Pros of Freedom Of Speech (Cont.)
Freedom of Speech promotes innovation.
Innovation is pushed to the limits when freedom of speech is factored in because everybody is subject to have their idea improved one way or another , leading to a better finished product. If weaknesses were not identified and the leader's idea is passed, it could result in failure a lot easier then if someone evaluated and put their opinions into the ideas.


MAny famous court cases arose because of freedom of speech.
Tinker v. Des Moines
This case was in controversy about if it is possible for students to wear black armbands to school to protest the Vietnam war. The district ruled in favor of the students, saying that it was not a disruptive form of freedom of speech , therefore it is allowed.

Texas v. Johnson
This case was set because Johnson, a person who took part in a protest, set fire to the American Flag and offended the people. The court ruled in his favor because he was merely just expressing his belief, not hurting or killing anybody.
FAmous Court cases
"Freedom of speech is , to all Americans, as oxygen is to the human condition. It is a right that has been irreversibly programmed into our minds...An artist's right to express him or herself as best suits their art, is the artist's prerogative and it is guaranteed."
John C. McGinley
Freedom Of speech speaks out against injustice.
Freedom of speech speaks out against injustice because it enables people to voice their opinions when they believe something is wrong. For example , if someone is racist, other people could stand up and voice what is wrong without worrying the government would jail them for this action.
Freedom of speech gives chances of character improvement.
Freedom of speech gives a boost to self esteem because you have the chance to tell people your opinion, and be confident abut it. Also, it helps people learn to admit that they are always not perfect. When people talk about the weaknesses of one thing or another, a person could learn from that mistake and become better at doing what the do.
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