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Ever since pen was first put to paper there has been some form of censorship surrounding it. The most current form of censorship is to ban the books which are viewed as inappropriate. Such an act not only violates the rights of American citizens, but it also violates the rights of the students to learn. Even if the government could manage to ban all of the books that it feels are inappropriate, the thirst to read such books would only grow. Too often is it forgotten that before the banning of books was an “at home issue,” (Book Banning 1) the federal government tried to cut the flow of inappropriate information off at the source By forbidding the reading of certain books, the first amendment rights of every American citizen are violated.
Censorship should not be allowed because in the Constitution, rights are guaranteed to the American people, such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the freedom to petition. Also, these rights demonstrate that the American people live in country which has long been established for its people. Therefore, censorship should not be allowed to occur because the rights of Americans are assured in the Constitution. In addition, past presidents such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson instituted the rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the freedom to petition so that the people would realize that they do indeed matter and that they are the core of America. Allowing Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” to become censored would make the rights granted by the Constitution worthless, Americans would no longer be able to freely choose to read or not read “To Kill a Mockingbird”, and the government would be ignoring its duty to defend the Constitution.
Today’s censorship occurs when certain people succeed in imposing their personal or moral values on others. Censorship deals mainly with the first amendment constitutional. “The law requires that if a book is to be removed, an inquiry must be made as to the motivation and intention of the party calling for its removal. If the party’s intention is to deny students access to ideas with which the party disagrees, it is a violation of the First Amendment” [First Amendment Center]. Though the First Amendment bars government authorities from prohibiting the free exercise, abridging the freedom of speech or practicing religious censorship in the United States, individuals have successfully pushed to remove books from public and ... ... middle of paper ... ...hat some readers might find offensive.
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That law made it illegal for anyone to advocate action against the government. This case was instrumental in how freedom of speech is looked at today. The Supreme Court decided that the, "...constitutional guarantees of free speech and free press do not permit a State to ... ... middle of paper ... ...he end of the United State’s involvement in Vietnam. The government should have no interference in the absolute freedom of expression rights the American people have. These many things affected our right to freedom of speech in their own way, but always the American people have come out stronger because of it.