The Freedom Of Speech

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Public speech is an intrinsic characteristic of most institutions that allows speakers to expound upon topics relating to current political, social, or other miscellaneous issues. Recently, disapproving students at various colleges such as Berkeley and Middlebury have challenged public orators given permission to speak at their respective campuses. Although most of these protests had peaceful inceptions, they promptly intensified until the calm civil disobedience became an escalating riot. Such protests in academic as well as non academic realms have raised the question of how institutions should decide to whom they provide a public stage to without provoking severe objections by its members. To provide fair and constitutionally aligned opportunities for speakers on controversial topics, all publicly funded establishments need to develop a committee comprised of varied members with academic prestige. In addition to this, strictly enforced protest behavioral codes are essential to ensure civil obedience and prevent property damage or personal injury. If fair and balanced public forum offerings are not prospectively adhered to or if institutions do not maintain civil order, funding should be withdrawn or financial penalties should be applied.
The first amendment of the United States Constitution provides US citizens with freedom to express their views. The amendment states, “Congress shall make no laws… abridging the freedom of speech… or the right of the people peaceably
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