Freedom Of Speech Essay

1677 WordsJan 29, 20127 Pages
The Restrictions of Freedom "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for the redress of grievances." This is the First Amendment, perhaps the most powerful words in American history for the reason that it guarantees American citizens their natural rights, beneath the ultimate law of the home. This Amendment gives us the freedom of religion, peacful congregation, speech, and media. Through this amendment, people are free to communicate their innermost thoughts and feelings. The issue of whether additional codes should be applied to students on university campuses is one that is still in question today. Although I agree that individually assigned speech codes serve a substantial purpose, I would argue that speech codes are not the most effective way to stop prejudice on and off college campuses because they overlook the morality issue that is the initial cause of the discrimination. Speech codes on university campuses surfaced in the late 1980's when the majority of campuses around the country had been diversified. Students found themselves sharing classes, dorms, and activities with many people who varied from them in ways such as race, religion, sexual orientation, economic class, and ethnicity. And seeing as some students had never even seen a person of different race before, it came as quite a culture shock for some. Of course this is an extreme, yet probable, case. Unfortunately, this diversity also fashioned episodes in which students and faculty expressed individual prejudices candidly. When cases of verbal harassment entered the realm of the courts and newspapers, college administrators started to work on ways to put a stop to the problem. Thus, the simple

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