Freedom of Speech Post

Hi NamePost something about Freedom of Speech that you think will convince us of your position: a link, video, photograph, chart, graph, audio story, etc.

DannySnyder v. Phelps
On March 3, 2006, U.S. Marine Matthew A. Snyder was killed in a non-combat-related vehicle accident in Iraq. On March 10, Westboro Baprtist Church (WBC) picketed Snyder's funeral in as it had done at thousands of other funerals throughout the U.S. in protest of what they considered America's increasing tolerance of homosexuality. Picketers displayed placards such as "America is doomed", "You're going to hell", "God hates you", "*** troops", "Semper fi fags" and "Thank God for dead soldiers".Members of the Patriot Guardian riders , a group of motorcyclists who separate WBC protesters from those who attend military funerals, were present in support of the Snyder family. WBC published statements on its website that denounced Albert Snyder and his ex-wife for raising their son Catholic, stating they "taught Matthew to defy his creator", "raised him for the devil", and "taught him that God was a liar". Albert Snyder, Matthew Snyder's father, sued Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church and two of Phelps's daughters and lost in the supreme court 8-1.
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Elizabeth This is an informative website from the U.S. courts. It shows the rights you have and do not have under freedom of speech, which I found enlightening. For some reason, this is not linking. However, this website deals with the issues of freedom of speech on the internet. This is a collection of articles from the NY Times about different issues revolving around freedom of speech. It also has a chronology of recent events and laws based around freedom of speech. Here is a fairly recent article from the Washington Post about different cases involving the freedom of speech. This is an infographic about Free Speech Zones on college campuses. Here is an infographic about freedom of speech in journalism. This infographic shows the different categories of speech.

NOOOO I tried to link all of those but the didn't.

Emily This is a great website that has a lot of information about the freedom of speech.The page I provided the URL forhas links to FAQ's about speech and a ton of research articles about freedom of speech. Some of the topics that stood out at me were Internet & First Amendment, Arts & First Amendment, and Flag Burning. Here is another link to a website with many things to look at. You can learn about the Establishment Clause, the Free Exercise Clause, Free Speech, Free Press, Peaceful Address, and Redress of Grievances. site"explores the history and interpretation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, including the Free SpeechClause, the Establishment Clause, and the Free Exercise Clause. You can learn about freedom of speech around the world. Did you know that books, newspapers, radio channels, television channels, movies and music are censored in Cuba, one of the world's worst offenders of free speech? Click on this link to take a quiz about how the first amendment applies to schools. is another fun quiz to test your knowledge on the first amendment.

Freedom of speech includes the right:
· Not to speak (specifically, the right not to salute the flag).
West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943).
· Of students to wear black armbands to school to protest a war (“Students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate.”).
Tinker v. Des Moines, 393 U.S. 503 (1969).
· To use certain offensive words and phrases to convey political messages.
Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971).
· To contribute money (under certain circumstances) to political campaigns.
Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976).
· To advertise commercial products and professional services (with some restrictions).
Virginia Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Consumer Council, 425 U.S. 748 (1976); Bates v. State Bar of Arizona, 433 U.S. 350 (1977).
· To engage in symbolic speech, (e.g., burning the flag in protest).
Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989); United States v. Eichman, 496 U.S. 310 (1990).

Freedom of speech does not include the right:

· To incite actions that would harm others (e.g., “[S]hout[ing] ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.”).
Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47 (1919).
· To make or distribute obscene materials.
Roth v. United States, 354 U.S. 476 (1957).
· To burn draft cards as an anti-war protest.
United States v. O’Brien, 391 U.S. 367 (1968).
· To permit students to print articles in a school newspaper over the objections of the school administration.
Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988).
· Of students to make an obscene speech at a school-sponsored event.
Bethel School District #43 v. Fraser, 478 U.S. 675 (1986).
· Of students to advocate illegal drug use at a school-sponsored event.
Morse v. Frederick, __ U.S. __ (2007).

These two websites discuss the Occupy Wall Street protestors in relation to freedom of speech.

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The Free Speech Movement (FSM) was a student protest which took place during the 1964–1965 academic year on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley.
  • In protests unprecedented in scope, students insisted that the university administration lift the ban of on-campus political activities and acknowledge the students' right to free speech and academic freedom.
  • Joan Baez (shown below) led protest songs.
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I do not believe that humans currently have full freedom of speech privileges in the US, and I feel that our government needs to reevaluate what is stated in the first amendment.

Last year, Paula Deen lost her cooking show and her spot on the Food Network due to a racial slur that was made by her nearly 30 years earlier. I do not believe that Paula was given the freedom of speech that she was promised, and I do not agree that she should have been punished for what she said. Here is a video on the scandal.

Your rights to Freedom of Religion and the free exercise thereof means:

  • The Freedom of Religion is an inalienable right.
  • The First Amendment provides for the Freedom of Religion for all Americans.
  • The Free Exercise Clause provides that government will neither control nor prohibit the free exercise of one’s religion.
  • The government will remain neutral.

As a United States citizen, you have the right to Petition...

  • Congress
  • state government and legislatures
  • courts at any level

The right of every single United States citizen to peacefully...

  • Parade and Gather
  • Demonstrate support or opposition of public policy
  • Express one's views
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RobinFreedom of speech- freedom of speech pertains to a lot of things. It gives us the right to not speak, which allows us to not salute the flag (old glory), to use offensive words/phrases to convey a message, to give money to political campaigns, to advertise commercial products and professional services, and most importantly to engage in "symbolic" speech (including burning a flag in protest)
However we do not have the right to incite actions that would harm others (shouting fire in a theater, etc.), to make or distribute obscene materials, burn draft cards as protest, and students cannot make an obscene speech at school sponsored event or advocate illegal drug use at school sponsored event.

Though in today's world we have encountered new problems that are not quite yet addressed in our freedom of speech. The abuse of technology by one person that might cause one's self harm, I believe should be addressed in the right that we do not have which is to incite actions that would harm others. Though it pains me to say this, the WBC is within it's legal rights to continue doing what it's doing.

The First Amendment
Article on whether free speech has gone too far


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