The Freedom Of Speech And Religion Essay

1179 Words Nov 2nd, 2015 null Page
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.
A now common practice in school systems is to tap dance around certain topics in teaching and in sports activities. An article on the nydailynews.com detailed an incident in a California school that displays exactly what has been stated. Four students came to school wearing shirts with the American flag and the saying “united we stand” on the shirt and American themed bandanas; these articles of clothing were perfectly acceptable under the school’s dress code. These students were approached by administrators who asked them to turn their shirts inside-out and to remove the bandanas. It was May 5th, and the holiday Cinco De Mayo was being celebrated. Because of the large population of Hispanic students in the school, the administrators were afraid of a fight breaking out…

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