Freedom Of Speech: The Right To Not Be Offended

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The Right to Not Be Offended Throughout recent years, the American right to freedom of speech has come under scrutiny from people of different demographics, religious beliefs, and political ideologies. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” According to freeexistence.org, America is 68th in the freedom of speech and religion. It is becoming increasingly difficult to state an opinion or facts without immediately being attacked by people who are “offended” by the statement.
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It seems that in today’s culture, the 1st amendment’s “freedom of speech” is misunderstood. Many citizens believe that a person’s right to freedom of speech stops as soon as they disagree or become offended. As a free country citizens see the growing need for political correctness in everything they do. This urge to be politically correct has gotten to the point of censorship and walking on thin ice for most hot topics. After the recent leak of the CIA’s interrogation reports the word “torture” has been replaced with “enhanced interrogation.” The Wikipedia article about the reports had the word “torture” taken out of it and replaced by “enhanced interrogation” by a computer with an address in Capitol Hill. Is water boarding torture? Was the CIA trying to take the path of least resistance by relabeling tactics? Does this relabeling change the tactics, or simply make them more palatable to the public’s sensitivities? Can we call a spade a spade without being deemed racist, misogynist, ignorant, moronic, and close minded? The answer is muddied by 21st century political …show more content…
Masked Islamic terrorists killed twelve people in an attack because of something that deeply offended them that was published in this magazine. This satirical magazine often takes jabs at many different political and religious people using their freedom of speech and press to the full extent possible. Even after this cost twelve lives, the magazine published more offensive material about Muhammad to anger the attackers more than they already were. These terrorists tried to suppress this type of speech and press. They miserably failed and even made this satire become more popular than it already was. Although this did not happen in America, as a nation citizens understand what freedom of speech and press means and what it means to have it come under

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