Freedom of Speech

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.

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Name of Supreme Court Ruling and Explanation of the Supreme Court Ruling Example with link to Landmark Supreme Court Case
In Morse v Frederick the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that schools can limit student speech that advocates illegal drug use. The majority opinion held that although students do have some right to political speech even while in school, this right does not extend to pro-drug messages. The majority held that Frederick's message, was reasonably interpreted as promoting marijuana use. In ruling for Morse, the Court affirmed that the speech rights of public school students are not as extensive as those adults normally enjoy, and that the highly protective standard set by Tinker would not always be applied to students.
  1. Bong Hits for Jesus

  1. Obscenity

  1. Protecting minors from viewing Pornography

  1. Protesting a marine's funeral by yelling "God Hates Fags".

  1. Libel

  1. Yelling "Fire" in a crowded movie theater

  1. Burning a cross

  1. Burning a flag

  1. Prior Restraint

  1. Fighting words

Answer all of the following questions

  1. In terms of the First Amendment, what is speech?
  2. In general, when is speech not protected in the US?
  3. Do we allow too much freedom of speech in the US?
Your right to swing your arm ends where the other person’s nose begins.
Attributed to Voltaire

The particular evil of silencing the expression of opinion, is that it is robbing the human race…If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth; if wrong, they lose what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
John Stuart Mill from Essay on Liberty (1859)

Those that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Ben Franklin (1759)

I am the egg man!

John Lennon

If you want freedom, you have to be prepared for your neighbor to have it.