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December 1, 2003
The Evolution of Free Speech
"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." Since these words where written in our constitution over two-hundred years ago by our founding fathers, the interpretations of this amendment have been at the center of many legal debates. Free speech is defined as: "The right to express any opinion in public without censorship or restraint by the government." Over the years this amendment has been pushed to the limits but has always remained as every American's right. The meaning of this amendment although left somewhat broad, is one thing that makes America such a great place. Without it America would not be the same. John Milton said in his book Areopagitica:......
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