A right guaranteed to all citizens of the United States of America by the 1st Amendment of the Constitution. This right entails the right to say almost anything you want, as long as there is no slander involved.(1) Free speech requires a certain level of maturity which it appears that a large portion of the population (of all ages) lacks. Mostly, that is the intelligence to be well-informed before one makes a statement (2) (or otherwise asserting that one is not well informed) or choosing how you say what you say and to whom you say it.(3) Recently, thanks to the Bush administration and the Patriot Act, our free speech is becoming more and more restricted. The average American is sometimes made to fear speaking freely on the phone or in some public places regarding anything disagreeing to aforementioned administration or anything even slightly rebellious, especially in groups. This fear was once ill-known, but is now more widespread due to the discovery of warrantless wiretapping.(4) Respecting free speech can be difficult when one disagrees with another person expressing their right to free speech, but to truly embrace this is to allow others to speak their peace as well. A fistfight between a Pro-Choicer and a Pro-Lifer solves nothing.
(1) Saying "I think that Paris Hilton is a dirty slut" is protected by the first amendment as free speech. Saying "Paris Hilton has AIDS. No, really! I saw it on the news!" is not.
(2) The example of saying something ill informed is like saying "Dude, I heard Osama Bin Laden is sending spiders as big as camels to attack our troops in Iraq!" First off, camel spiders are not as big as camels, and they're being found in U.S. encampments because they are attracted to the shade, not because of terrorist activities. You have the right to speak freely, you just lack the brains.
(3) If you tell someone you'll kick their ass, be prepared to face the consequences of your words. This is the burden of free speech (which, ironically, isn't too bad to deal with if you actually have some tact) The tougher side of this is that you have to try and respect that people you disagree with have just as much of a right to express themselves as you do.
(4)Innocent groups such as librarians have been oppressed and silenced by this act, whilst the feds search freely through our phone, library, internet and other information access records.
Violation of the 1st Amendment.
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 the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
1. stopping the free flow of art and ideas.
For those of us in the US we do NOT enjoy the right to free speech (even though it is in the constitution). The supreme court ruled in the Miller case that "obscene" materials are not protected under the 1st amendment and can be banned or regulated; translation: regulated censorship is constitutional thanks to a few activist judges who wanted the government to impose its morality on us. Basically if the subject or content is sexual in any way then whether its obscene or not is up for majority vote; they actually said if the average person would be offended by it and think that it had no artistic value (if you weren't offended by it or thought it was a work of art why would you want to ban it in the first place). This is why it is illegal to give porn to minors, because it shows sex even though this should be decided and enforced by the parents the government is getting involved. Also there's no law against showing violent material to minors, so basically its worse to expose them to consensual sex than murder.
A rectangular flag that represents the United States and all of its ideals and values. It is composed of a blue square with 50 (or however many states there are at the time of the flag's production) white stars in the uper lefthand corner. The rest of the flag is 13 alternating red and white stripes. Legend has it that the seamstress Betsy Ross created the first American flag.
Treatment of the flag is dictated by the Flag Code. Breaking of the flag code is not punishable (protected by the 1st Amendment).
The American flag is often scrutinized for various reasons and desecrated. The people responsible fail to realize that it is not the flag that is so importnat, it is what the flag represents. The flag is held in such esteem because some feel that their respect of the flag is a good way to show their respect for the Nation and our ideals.
TO ALL THE FLAG BURNERS ETC: The flag that you desecrate, insult, burn and defile stands for the same values that protect your right to do so(1st Amendment). Without that right (in a dictatorship) you could be executed for said actions.
Often, the biggest defenders of free speach are the liberals. In the case of political correctness (PC) the liberals are killing the 1st amendment. PC is an idea to replace everything that could be considered "ofensive" (whether they are or not) with a more complicated term that may or may not be more offensive (midget-vertically challanged/dwarf or retarded-mentally challanged). Some of the most used PC terms are racial (African American, Hispanic American, Caucasian American, Native American etc)Why can't we all just be Americans?
political correctness is really idiotic way to make sure no one ever has a reason to be angry about anything. Half the time anger brings upon social reform. Alot like Newspeak. PC also makes it almost imposible to give a personel opinion. The Nazis also used a form of PC (they "dealt with the Jewish problem")
Fired-Laid Off/Let Go
How it works:
If you came to my
house, came inside, and said 'I'm going to rape
your dog,' I would tell you to get the **** out,
and then I would force you, because being in a
'free country' doesn't mean you can ****
around on someone else's property
grimlen: 1st amendment!
ReySquared: and freedom of speech does not
Wufei: doesn't apply on the internet
ReySquared: you can say what you want, but
not here. :3
grimlen: yes it does!! Internet is a form of the
Wufei: if the laws of the constitution applied to
Wufei: we'd have a lot of libel/slander cases in
grimlen: itsamerica, its gonna happen
grimlen: if u ban us, we will come back!!
ReySquared: The internet is not a form of the
press, and this server is somebody's property.
That means that whatever you do, you have to
abide by whatever stipulations the host makes.
grimlen: YES it is, it is available to the publc!!! A
ReySquared: No, it isn't. The first ammendment
applies to the government, you can't take a
person on the street to court for violating your
first ammendment rights.
Wufei: publish it xD
Wufei: define it under Internet Law
This definition coined by ReySquared, Urban Dictionary editor
a FORMER lawyer, and self proclaimed anti video games actvist who waged a one man war against violent video games, and the 1st Amendment. He was disbarred for his behaviour in the courtroom and generally being a pain in the ass to everyone. He never won a single video games related case. Ever.
Jack Thompson is an example of how not to prosecute a case.
Jack Thompson is not the biggest fan of the 1st Amendment
Jack Thompson believes violent video games are the cause of the worlds ills (despite the world being a more violent place prior to video games e.g. World War 1 & 2, Chinese Revolution, Korea, Pol Polts Cambodia ect ect