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Says Who Citizenship in America holds many rights Among these rights are the right to vote the right to bear arms and the most widely treasured but largely manipulated right to free speech As a citizen of America the right to free speech comes along with many responsibilities but for the small percentage that exercise their right of free speech to a large public forum it comes with many stipulations The more prominent figures under a barrage of criticism are those involved in the arts In our history classic books have been burned news stories have been edited and music has been turned off Whats interesting about this group is that the latter is not covered by the first amendment In this essay I will be exploring the accusations made based on the influence of music the backlash of the artists and hypothesize how the scapegoat accusations and censorship of music will affect the twenty first century First I would like to address the idea of music censorship When the majority of the population thinks of music censorship the first amendment comes to mind Americans are mislead in this assumption The first amendment states 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 grievances From this one may assume that the censorship of music is prohibited based on the law of our constitution However when music is censored our government does not do it but instead by special interest groups In the instances that court hearings are conducted to determine whether or not an artist or artists have the right to produce and mass market their work the court hearings are rarely tried as a civil rights hearing According to existing laws art is constitutionally protected speech But
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