Human Rights and Freedom

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What Freedom means to me

The condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints exemption: immunity from an obligation or duty; Freedom. Freedom is a word, which we hear, everyday, but probably have never really taken a second to think what it means to us individually. Born and raised in United States freedom is not so much a privilege but more of a given right, so to me freedom does not really mean much that could all quickly change if it was taken away.

Freedom has different meanings to every different individual, but in general freedom is the inalienable right given to a community or group shaped by the customs and society to which group is raised with. There is an extreme importance of freedom in democracy such as; rule of law, meaning that no one is above or below the law, choice of leader which is the right to be governed by a local assembly, also the freedom to respect others freedom and not infringe on theirs.

The First Amendment in the Constitution grants us four freedoms which our Founding Fathers thought were extremely important to humanity, which are freedoms of; religion, speech, press and assembly. Freedom of speech Americans use everyday, meaning there is no punishment for saying anything that’s on your mind. Freedom of assembly, the right of people to gather with out the fear of government interaction. Freedom of religion is also another way to which we express our freedoms. In the Constitution it states there is a clear distinction between the separations of church and state, it also states that the government ensures the allowance of the practice of religion. Freedom of press is to print or publish without governmental interference.

I can list all I want about the freedoms that the American government has granted me, but I really haven’t fully explained what Freedom means to me personally. The meaning of freedom is extremely loose and sometimes personal, its not always about...
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