SPECIFIC GOAL: I want my audience to step up and stop censorship.
(Attention getter): How are you all doing tonight? We have a problem! A problem that some of us don't even know exist. I beg you all to pay attention to your surrounding. The life we live today is in jeopardy. What we do today, or better yet what we don't do can have detrimental results in due time.
II. (Credibility statement): I have researched this topic a great deal. You might not know it by name. But this topic affects all of us sitting in this room. We can not continue to ignore this issue.
III. THESIS: Today I am going to make you aware of the topic of censorship. I want you to not support government agencies and politicians that support censorship.
I. (first main point) the first amendment of the Bill of Rights states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of press; or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and petition the government for a redress of grievances.
A. It seems to me that this is a very clear statement that has been written in stone. Who has the right to change the Bill of Rights? Last time I checked no one had the right to do this.
B. The first amendment guaruntess the liberty of freedom of speech and press. So why is this an issue? What if Dr. King was not allowed to speak out against slavery? What if the press was not allowed to cover the Million Man March? Where would we be today? I am sure glad I don't have the answer to that question....
Bibliography: • Abbott, Randy. "A Critical Analysis of the Library-Related Literature Concerning Censorship in Public Libraries and Public School Libraries in the United States During the 1980s." Project for degree of Education Specialist, University of South Florida, December 1987. [ED 308 864]
• Burress, Lee. "Battle of the Books." Metuchen, NJ: The Scarecrow Press, 1989. [ED 308 508]
• O 'Reilly, Robert C. and Larry Parker. "Censorship_or Curriculum Modification?" Paper presented at a School Boards Association, 1982, 14 p. [ED 226 432]
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