Free Speech on College Campuses Free speech is a freedom granted under several constitutions in the world, including the American constitution. The idea of free speech is one that is placed in the law to avoid situations where the ruling government or institution is not able to curtail the freedom of those being ruled. The idea is one that serves to whistle blow on any wrong that may be done by a government or an institution. This idea of free speech extends to universities and colleges, bringing into perspective the idea of free speech onto our campuses. Moreover, I will be discussing different aspects of free speech among campus students depending on the views of different people.
Yes, we are allowed freedom of speech, but should there be a limit on this freedom? We can only justify these points based on the Bible. Ephesians 4:29 states this point quite well. “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians shows that we may use the law of freedom of speech only when what proceeds out of our mouth is edifying and useful to the situation and to those around us. Freedom of speech must always be used to an extent.
Freedom of religion is another right that is very important. People have the right to practice their religion or not practice any religion. Freedom of religion makes living in the U.S. more comfortable due to the fact that in other countries everyone has to follow one religion. Freedom of protesting is another right that the first amendment grants us. Protests help people get together for a cause and even if it good or bad it should be allowed because we were given the right to protest.
Khang An Nguyen Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier (1988) Essay Stuyvesant’s very own biweekly newspaper, the Spectator, has been publishing a variety of articles since 1915. But is the content of the Spectator protected under the First Amendment? What if a student publishes an article that violates the privacy of certain students? While the First Amendment grants us freedom of speech and of the press, it is different for students in school. The 1988 case Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier found that schools had the right to censor student press if it interferes with the school’s education.
Maya Angelou once said, “ Freedom is never free.” Freedom is meant for everyone, not just certain people; everyone deserves to be free. Patrick Henry’s “ Speech to the Virginia Convention” and John F. Kennedy’s “ Inaugural Address” are both speeches about freedom, equality, and achievement and success. Both were written in different time periods, but they were trying to make the same points. While some differences between Patrick Henry and John F. Kennedy are reasonable, the similarities in their beliefs are significant. Patrick Henry and John F. Kennedy were similar when discussing the value of freedom.
Charles Lawrence, Derek Bok, and Gwen Wilde all had interesting perspectives on the first amendment and what controversial ways it is used. The right to petition, to assemble, of the press, to practice any religion, and free speech are literally the most basic rights each citizen of the United States of America is entitled to. Being able to say and believe whatever they want to gives people a sense of freedom and comfort in their nation. This idea of freedom instated by our government creates a sense of patriotism inside of the hearts of Americans. Devotion to one’s country can breed not only cooperation between citizens, but also drastic intimidation.
Abstract “Before any human rights declarations or treaties had been adopted, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 59(I) stating "Freedom of information is a fundamental human right and...the touchstone of all the freedoms to which the United Nations is consecrated” (Calling Of An International Conference On Freedom Of Expression, 1946). It is believed that the “freedom of expression is essential in enabling democracy to work and public participation in decision-making” (Margaritis, September 2012). Citizens cannot exercise their right to vote effectively or take part in public decision-making if they cannot feel part of their society and cannot freely express their views. Violation of freedom of expression is the first step that leads to other violations. (Margaritis, September 2012) According to article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”.
In her case, she cited the fact that the free religion is protected by the First Amendment, which prohibits the government from creating a church an official church and also allows people to worship or not worship as they want. In this case, this right helped Deborah to sue her school successfully. The second right is the freedom of speech and of the press. According to USCIS (n. d.) the freedom of speech and of the press “includes freedom of speech, freedom to peaceably assemble, and the freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances”. Americans are allowed to share their opinions and thoughts as long as they do not disrupt others’ freedom to express themselves as well.
They will hold street demonstrations, and they can be joined by other citizens who share a similar idea. styles Free speech movement applied civil disobedience in its pursuit of its objective. They demanded that the administration should acknowledge students right to engage in political activities on campus. The movement also fought for academic freedom. The movement was influential, and its influence can be witnessed even in today’s school community.
We should protect everything that people say because it's their right to say what they believe and if we take that away we are no different from North Korea or Cuba. Depriving people of what they can or can't say takes away the whole ideology this country was born of people started a revolution for what they believed so we shouldn't take it away. The only time that we should stop protecting people of what they believe is when there is a violent outbreak like the attack in Charlottesville. James Alex Fields, Jr is a prime example of what free speech isn't because speech is not going out in your car and ramming it into a group of people this when the government should step in because that is no longer speech in a peaceful way you are harming people for stating there own opinion(Pearce). Some people try to take justice into their own hands like Based Stickman AKA Kyle Chapman who went to a Trump rally and starting assaulting people with a flagpole and he was then taken to jail on suspicion of a felony with a deadly weapon(Chang).