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1st amendment rights Under the Bill of Rights of our constitution Americans are given basic human rights which cannot be taken away Sometimes these rights conflict with each other causing debate The 1st amendment causes many controversial issues to arise This amendment gives us the freedoms of speech press and religion Freedom of speech is one of those very controversial issues I feel pretty strongly about our right to freedom of speech In other countries you could be killed for saying negative things about your government Here in America you can call the president a fat idiot who should be shot and not face any penalty I do believe that people should restrict themselves to saying appropriate things at appropriate times For example not yelling fire in a crowded area where many innocent people would get trampled A very controversial issue of freedom of speech is the issue of art Art is a form of freedom of speech And as some British artists have recently showed us some people have some very twisted things they want to say through their artwork Although I do not agree with the way some artists choose to express themselves such as Sensation I do think that they have the right to do so People do not have to view the work if they do not want to Freedom of the press also arouses much debate This is one topic I tend to sometimes question Although I feel it is very important for the public to know what is going on in our country sometimes I feel it is better not to know For example when the press wanted to print the Pentagon Papers it was a threat to our national security I think also the press influences people or gives them ideas When tragedies such as the one in Littleton Colorado occur it is not necessary to show live coverage of frantic people running
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