The First Amendment was written in the Constitution in 1791, which listed basic civil liberties, rights that the government cannot take away from an individual, including free establishment and exercise of religion, freedom of speech, of the press, assembly and petition. The Free Speech Clause was added to the First Amendment in 1789 by James Madison, which stated that “Congress shall make no law….abridging freedom of speech”. Freedom of speech allows an individual to openly voice his opinions without fear of government’s censorship and is seen as a privilege to most Americans, which set them apart from other nations.
However freedom of speech is not absolute. The word “abridging” in the Free Speech Clause suggests that government cannot deprive the right to freedom of speech; but at the same time the suggestion is unclear about whether the government can put restrictions on how “free” the speech can be. Most people when mention the word “speech”, usually have the tendency to think of spoken words and often neglect the existence of
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