The First Amendment and Its Conflict
Freedom of speech, of religion, of the press, to assemble peacefully, and petition; this set of guarantees, protected by the First Amendment, comprises what we refer to as freedom of expression. However, many people will say that the law has stopped people from being able to exercise their rights. Personally I believe that people have lost their freedom to exercise their rights mentioned in the first amendment. Inhibiting a person’s right to exercise the parts of the first amendment is just cruel and unusual and something no American citizen should have to go through or worry about. The problem does not just stand for other races that come into the country like a middle easterner or another race that may be suspicious but also to everyday American citizens. Having the first amendment in our bill of rights is supposed to allow us to exercise these rights, not only parts of them which is what the law is doing to the American citizens.
Freedom of speech is one of the portions of the first amendment that I am sure every American citizen exercises their right to every day. Though most citizens are not capable of exercising that right due to the legal system and how ridiculous they have become with the enforcement of law. A student of Juneau High School in Alaska by the name of Joseph Frederick was suspended for ten days for having a sigh that stated “Bong Hits 4 Jesus,” now after he was suspended he paraphrased Thomas Jefferson and stated “speech limited is speech lost” (Barnes 1). Now this student was clearly just expressing the way he felt about his religion, and was exercising his freedom of speech. Was it morally correct for the principal to suspend the student and punish him for something that the amendment says every citizen has the right to? The principal had no right to punish the student for exercising his first amendment right to speak freely.
Now freedom of religion is definitely something that a lot...
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