The freedom to an opinion and the right to express it in a non-violent and non-threatening manner. It does not, as opposed to what many people think, grant the freedom to say anything without consequences.
John: "I can threaten to kill you and your family all I want, it's freedom of speech."
Dave: "You're an idiot."
by nbtrap August 1, 2007
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A non-existent ideal created by America but never respected or set in motion. There is absolutely no such thing as "freedom of speech" if the things that you say can be censored, silenced, or even erased. People try to exercise their right to freedom of speech, but no one ever succeeds because there will always be some asshole out there who thinks that you are wrong for whatever reason, and makes it his mission in life to censor whatever you have presented to the public as your opinion. No one anywhere in the world really has freedom of speech.
Say something that even ONE person disagrees with - on the internet, in a magazine, newspaper, on TV, or even verbally - and you get shot down and told that you're "wrong". Did I mention that this is because ONE single person disagreed with you? "freedom of speech" is a joke.
by Lament For The Last Days February 24, 2006
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I'd like to provide you all with some text i've recieved in a journalism class. The entire first quarter of the year was spent on the first amendment. Our rights of the first one inlclude ONLY these: Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and right to petition. For the freedom of speech part, there ARE some limits. Some legal limits. They are:

Clear and Present Danger
Fighting Words
Libel and Slander
Obscenity
Conflight with Other Legitimate Social Or Governmental Interests
Time, Place and Manner

So no, you dont have the legal right to say 'fuck you' on national television, or show your tits during a superbowl halftime show. I agree that we SHOULD be able to curse etc. as we feel, but there do need to be a few limits so that we dont abuse it. Just so everyone knows, the 5th one means that in times of crisis(war) the government can restrict it for security(idioticly). They can also place a gag order on the press during war and participants in a trial. I agree this is idiocy, but you have no constitutional right to tell someone to fuck themself on CSPAN.
Freedom Of Speech isnt as general as most people think
by Kevin November 9, 2004
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The people shall not be deprived or abridged of their right to speak, to write, or to publish their sentiments; and the freedom of the press, as one of the great bulwarks of liberty, shall be inviolable
by arrbear January 11, 2005
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Something that disappeared as soon as people started making useless lawsuits and made huge gripes about nothing. Most likely disappeared around when George W became first elected.
The whole "under god" pledge of allegence thing probably killed the freedom of speech.
by GSGoldSoft March 8, 2004
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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.

In short, we can say what we want to say, within certain limits. Yes, you can say "FUCK YOU" to a police officer and call your lawyer (if you're stupid enough) and get away with it. You can't give threats or endanger public safety, however.

Basically, if you want to use it, keep your lawyer on speed dial and have deep pockets.
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. -Part of the U.S Bill of Rights. Collect them all!
by I r Mime May 23, 2007
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A term that is frequently misused in a double-standard way to bash Isalm.

It is a basic righ for human beings, yet it is better used sensibly and responsibly and with equal chance.
a bigot: Fuck the fucking muslim fucks!!!!! Muslims are all piles of dirt!!!!
a muslim: you should not talk that dirty about any religion, including Islam.
a bigot: Fuck you bastard. I am using my fucking freedom of speech. You should not oppose what I say. Do you know anything about democracy you stupid raghead, naphead, dothead, retard!!!
by Commenter February 14, 2008
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