What is free Speech?

Discussion in 'News / Current Events' started by righteousdude2, Dec 2, 2014.

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Please check that whic you believe is Freedom of Speech....

  1. Carrying signs in orderly manner while standing on corners or walking on sidewalks ...

    1 vote(s)
    100.0%
  2. Carrying signs and protecting in front of businesses ...

    1 vote(s)
    100.0%
  3. Writing letters to opinion section of paper criticizing government ....

    1 vote(s)
    100.0%
  4. Oderly voicing of displeasure at government-held or private meetings ...

    1 vote(s)
    100.0%
  5. Blocking traffic and intersection for your cause ....

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Vandalizing and looting for your cause ...

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Attacking others, who oppose you, with rocks, bottles fists, etc. ...

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Taking over government buildings and blocking access ....

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Hold a mass rally without proper permits ....

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Confronting and speaking in order at government-held hearings!

    1 vote(s)
    100.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. righteousdude2

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    There have been all forms of protesting since Michael Brown's shooting and death at the hands of a cop in Ferguson, MO.

    The fact that protesters are in just about every major city across America is the right of all Americans. In fact anyone who served in the military, swore an oath to protect this nation from enemies both domestic and foreign, and we were all willing to lay down our life to preserve the freedom of speech.

    But I am going to list in the attached poll a littinany of actions, and I would like you to check off the actions that meet the definition of freedom of speech (please note the three words in BOLD in the last paragraph), which read as follows:

    This clause prohibits the government from banning speech because it does not agree with the message. The Founders saw free speech as a natural right. In Federalist No. 10, James Madison pointed to freedom of speech as a vital aspect of a healthy republic. While originally written to apply to actions of the federal government, the Supreme Court incorporated it into state governments through the Fourteenth Amendment in the case Gitlow v. New York (1925)
    The English Bill of Rights includes a precursor to the First Amendment’s protection of free speech, but while the English Bill of Rights provided for free speech in Parliament, the First Amendment expanded the protection to an individual right of all citizens.
    The Alien and Sedition Acts, which outlawed any speech that was critical of government, presented the first challenge to freedom of speech in the early republic. Supreme Court cases centering on freedom of speech include Tinker v. Des Moines (1969), Bethel v. Fraser (1986), and Texas v. Johnson (1989).
    Freedom of speech in a self-governing society demands that citizens act with moderation, respect, and responsibility. People like Frederick Douglass, Mary Beth Tinker and Martin Luther King, Jr. have all exercised and fought for the right to freedom of speech.
    (from - http://billofrightsinstitute.org/re...-of-rights/first-amendment/freedom-of-speech/)

    There are probably many more forms of freedom of speech, that I just didn't have room to post in this poll, so feel free to list your own actions of free speech that can be relied upon to protest, in a peaceful manner, for your cause or against a cause!
     
    #1 righteousdude2, Dec 2, 2014
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