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As our blueprint for individual freedom and the assurance of an open society the First Amendment protects freedom of speech press religion assembly and petition Generally speaking most people believe in the right to free speech but debate whether it should cover flag-burning hard-core rap and heavy-metal lyrics tobacco advertising hate speech pornography nude dancing solicitation and various forms of symbolic speech Many would agree to limit some forms of free expression I chose to analyze an article by Alan Charles Kors on free speech discussing the first amendment for speech codes on college campuses I recently worked for a college for three years as a Financial Aid Assistant aiding families in the federal loan and institutional application process The following article analysis not only relates to what I got to experience in the collegiate environment it also reinforces actual rights and the struggle for liberty and equality When the US Constitution was signed on Sept 17 1787 it did not contain the indispensable freedoms now delineated in the Bill of Rights because many of the Framers viewed their addition as unnecessary However after spirited debate the Bill of Rights was adopted The first freedoms guaranteed in this historic document were articulated in the 45 words written by James Madison that we have come to know as the First Amendment 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 grievances The First Amendment was established because at Americas inauguration citizens demanded a promise of their basic freedoms Almost all colleges and universities for example have harassment policies that prohibit selective verbal behavior or verbal conduct but almost none has the honesty to call these speech codes Kors 1 From college
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