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According to the first Amendment of the Bill of Rights 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 censorship that takes place every day on basic cable public TV and radio is a violation of this amendment The suppression of expression should no longer be allowed The main reason anything is censored is because the government doesnt want us reading damaging material against them It is a common practice of Communist governments to prohibit slanderous material said or written against them For example Dr Laura a popular radio talk show host in 1999 was speaking out against the United States Government and basically speaking about hot topics She was pulled off the air Communism used to be one of our biggest enemies and is still feared to this day Censorship is one of the most used tactics of Communist governments For example thousands of copies of The Clinton Years a book by a former official White House photographer were confiscated by Chinese customs officials as the books were being prepared for shipment from a bindery in southern China It is said that uncensored material promoted bad language and attitudes in children This is not necessarily true According to studies done in 1994 young-adults between the ages of 13 and 16 who view censored material have a more rebellious attitude than young-adults who view uncensored material in most cases Finally censorship limits creativity An example of this is with Lenny Bruce He was blacklisted and put in prison because his comedy set was too vulgar and controversial His set was considered unrespectable although he was revolutionary in ushering in the new more honest tolerant and non-judgmental brand of American art It is obvious
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