The Constitution Of The United States Constitution Essays

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Amendment I of the United States Constitution states that “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” (The Constitution of the United States Amendment 1.). While this amendment was established in order to ensure that people had the freedom to express their individual beliefs and viewpoints without fear of reprisal from the government there are a variety of conditions that have shown the limits of the law’s intent. This includes cases that involved words that incite violence or harm, defamation, libel, and invasion of privacy.
Words meant to incite violence or threaten the general peace have been considered to be not protected by the amendment. This is due for the potential of these forms of speech to have greater harm than good. These forms of speech include “obscenity, child pornography, and speech that constitutes so-called “fighting words” or “true threats.”” (Ruane 1). These forms of communication have no intent towards the general good or for open and free thought and so should not be protected by law. The aggressive nature of such forms of speech has resulted in limitations on its use. Furthermore, they are considered to have such little actual value that the damage that they could potentially cause to the social good far outweighs…

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