The First Amendment reads “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 grievance.”
Knowing that speech can be used for hate, violence, libel, or slander, what are the reasons that we protect it?
- Democracy and individual freedom require meeting places and channels for the exchange of information and ideas.
- Speech leads to the discovery and spread of important truths.
- Speech is essential to a representative government because political discourse is necessary for a democracy to function.
- Free speech promotes political stability by providing a safety valve for dissent.
- Free speech includes protection of literature because of its quality in enhancing political discourse.
- Speech has an expressive purpose for individual liberty, autonomy, and self-fulfillment. Political systems are composed of individuals who, if able to fully realize themselves, are better for society and the political process.
What else would you add?
- Limiting Free Speech (50): Harassment of Funeral Mourners (filipspagnoli.wordpress.com)
- No Free Speech Zones (occupyventura805.wordpress.com)
- Facebook Likes Not Covered by First Amendment, Judge Rules (inquisitr.com)
- Facebook and free speech under debate in Virginia (wjla.com)
- Inmates are on Facebook But I’m Not Panicking (crimedime.com)