Freedom of Speech

As those of us in America celebrate our nations 234th birthday today, much has been said recently about our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America.  One of the greatest freedoms we have in America (as evidenced by this blog and millions like it) is the freedom of speech.

The First Amendment to the Constitution give us the rights of free speech, religious expression and peaceful assembly.

“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.”

So many people though abuse this freedom and use it spew hate.  Slander, libel and hate are NOT protected by the First Amendment and those who invoke it’s name for such don’t understand freedom.

My favorite saying about freedom of speech comes (ironically) from the great French writer Voltaire – “I disagree strongly with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

On this anniversary of our independence remember it is the soldier who gives us these rights.  Those who oppose war and protest against it (such as in Vietnam and our recent Middle East conflicts) the soldier gives his life so you can protest his actions.

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