The 1st amendment is fundamental in a democracy, it gives each individual their opinion about a certain subject and gives the people the "power" to speak out when they find something wrong. For example, they can speak what they find wrong with our Representatives, without the retaliation or censorship of the government. You might think that you can go down the street and say whatever you like without anybody telling you can't. Hold your horse right there be aware that you can say what you want but there is certain things that the 1st amendment doesn't cover. The Supreme Court has some cases where it decided where the 1st amendment was appropriate and where it wasn't.
The 1st Amendment You are talking about the government... BOOM!! You're in jail.
Howard Zinn famously once said: “The First Amendment is whatever the cop on the beat says it is.” Zinn’s words may have best been exemplified in Ferguson, Missouri, in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting. The First Amendment states that no law shall be made “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble” (U.S. Constitution). Yet in Ferguson, protesters were confronted by police officers carrying military-grade equipment, and reporters were arrested while simply doing their job. Zinn appears to have been right; at least temporarily, the rights an American has under the First Amendment are whatever the cop on the beat says they are.
Wouldn’t you rather be able to worship and speak however you wish instead of carrying a gun? Along with promoting the open exchange of information the first protects the fundamental rights of conscience. The first amendment grants us the right to exercise religion, freedom, and speech. Even though the second one gives us protection, the first protects our more valuable rights there more important. (First Body paragraph)
The Fourteenth Amendment (Amendment XIV) The amendments were put into place to protect the rights and civil liberties of all American citizens from the federal government. However, prior to the fourteenth amendment, there was no certainty with the constitution. The constitution did not state in a clear enough way who was protected under it and exactly what rights you had as an American Citizen. The 14th amendment was in response to the just passed thirteenth amendment, which ended slavery in all of the southern states.
Another limitation that does not protect citizens under the First Amendment is using fighting words that disturb the peace. In April 1940, Walter Chaplinsky was in downtown in Rochester, New Hampshire handing out literature and speaking publicly about religion. As Chaplinsky continued to talk, the crowd continued to grow, blocking the streets and disturbing the area. The public around him became upset with Chaplinsky as he began to denounce religion as “racket”.
I believe that the author’s thesis is about the issue of censorship and how it impacts our First Amendment. The author presents us a two different perspective of the issue. Such as, our practice of our First Amendment can lead us to a place where someone can create materials that we may find offensive. But are protected by the First Amendment at the same time could have people who want to limit offensive material and therefore, through censorship are limiting the First Amendment rights of others. To demonstrate her point, Susan Jacoby, interviewed a small sample of women to gather their perspective about an image from a Playboy magazine.
Arguments over the First Amendment and its guarantee of a freedom of speech and expression have existed since the dawn of the country, and although these discussions often happen as a result of a major policy changes or violent events involving both sides of the political spectrum, I personally feel as if the amendment should be looked in another light. Just as Ben Shapiro explores in his article titled “The End of the First Amendment,” the crisis that we are facing about our First Amendment results from the individual actors on the debate stage. Both sides are at fault here, where in some locations liberals are the one to blame and other places, conservatives. Arguments should be intellectually stimulating and conducted as a way to not only
America IS the first amendment: what it was founded on, what it was built upon, and the ideas that our country has always and continues to stand for. The first amendment- freedom of religion, speech, press, to assemble, and petition the Government- is about any individual having the power to voice their ideas and opinions no matter what. Peaceful resistance to laws is not only condoned by the first amendment, but encouraged. The founders of the United States who penned the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, the Bill of Rights, etc. did everything in their power through these documents to prevent the tyranny and abuse of government. Through these documents, the founders of America established that a true democracy is defined by the freedom of its constituents to
Even though the Westboro Baptist Church offends many people with their picketing and other demonstrations, I believe that the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution should continue to protect their right of performing these acts for two reasons. One, the first amendment already protects, in a sense, some of the actions the church performs, for example, the picketing of high school graduations and claiming perverts ran the schools. As unbelievable as it may sound, the first amendment allows them to say particular things like this because of what is known as the Sullivan Rule, which is a court guideline protecting inaccurate and harmful declarations against public officials as long as the claims were not known to be false at the time they
The author's primary focus in this article is to illustrate and create awareness for the evolution of the First Amendment. The first amendment has been defined over the years as protecting Americans basic liberties, that being the freedom of religion, speech, press, petition, and assembly. The author introduces the factors that ultimately altered the definition of the amendment. The people’s misinterpretation of the amendment was the primarily the factor developing the evolution of the First Amendment.
The first amendment of the Constitution guarantees certain rights to citizens. It guarantees the freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom to petition, and freedom of assembly. These five freedoms are part of what makes our country so great. The freedom of religion grants citizens to practice whatever religion they please.
“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 people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” These words are the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Indicate some important thoughts about the meaning of liberty. Isadore Starr, a leader in the fields of law-related and citizen education, described the important of the First Amendment: “Remove the First Amendment from the United Sates Constitution and you strike out the very means of testing the other rights and of protesting abuses of government.” (Isidore Starr, 1978)