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Ambiguity and Confusion from the First Amendment In the First Amendment it is stated that 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 to peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances These aforementioned statements ratified by our forefathers are commonly referred to as the freedom of expression The freedom of expression is not only limited to speech it refers to all forms of exchanging ideas religion press assembly petition etc In Alan M Dershowitzs essay Shouting Fire he boldly claims that Justice Holmes analogy of shouting Fire in a crowded theater to circulating pamphlets to the public during wartime that contain political ideas against the draft is both self-deceptive or self-serving Dershowitz 328 However shouting Fire in a crowded theater does not only refer to the freedom of speech but to freedom of expression implied by the First Amendment By shouting Fire an individual is implying alarm and the indication of alarm will ultmately cause chaos There is no way that a shout of Fire in a crowded theater a form of decontextualized information Postman 8 is the same as the circulation of waritme pamphlets The idea of speech is not specifically defined in the First Amendment Due to the absence of the authors intention in using the word speech we are then forced to speculate on the meaning of this nebulous word In Websters New World Dictionary one will find the following speech spech n OE sprecan speak 1 the act of speaking 2 the power to speak 3 that which is spoken utterance remark etc 4 a talk given to an audience 5 the language of certain people Let us interpret speech according to the definition given
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