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Why is it that when a person that listens to music that may promote violence and contains objectionable lyrics does a bad thing families are quick to point out that it was external materials such as the music that influenced the person to do it This is the controversy over music censorship Music censorship is the attempt or action taken by any agency to limit or hold back anything in music that a community may find offensive to its beliefs or values Musicians are artists and often their music reflects the life that they are exposed to I have to hear about a painting or sculpture being censored because it may seem objectionable Under the First Amendment to the US Constitution it reads as follows Congress shall make no law representing an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievancesIn other words the First Amendment states that it is illegal for the Government to censor an artist The First Amendment doesnt apply to censorship by record companies community groups or radio stations - thats why censorship still exists The Amendment protects a musicians ability to freely express their views on people and the world around us When censors target music they dont usually concern themselves with artistic intention but rather spend their time trying to prove that it is obscene If censors successfully demonstrate that a work of art is obscene lacking in serious social artistic literary or scientific value that work can be subject to legal censorship If the censor is a private business not affiliated with the government it can censor anything it likes for any reason it chooses such as Wal-marts decision to ban CDs with a Parental Advisory sticker Therefore music censorship isnt entirely illegalWal-Mart and other large department stores
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