The Freedom For Individuals Provided And Protected By The Bill Of Rights

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The right to freely express who you are is a fundamental freedom for individuals provided and protected by the Bill of Rights. It is one of the most essential freedoms because it gives people the ability to express different ideas through art, political platforms, and sex. Unfortunately, free does not necessarily mean completely free. The government has the power to censor this freedom if the material, or action is considered to be indecent, or obscene to the average person. Even though there are logical reasons for restrictions, such as child pornography and “fighting words”. A judge has the power and authority to condemn a form of expression if he or she interrupts the material, and finds that it lacks serious social value. Old case law and statutes are unable to keep up with society, as it becomes more progressive and accepting of different forms of expression. Every American has the right to freely express ones feelings and ideas artistically, politically, and sexually; until, the government considers the expression as an obscenity. Are we truly free to express ourselves in American society or are we being censored because the definition of “obscenity” is based on interruption of ones opinion by the justice system? Art and Expression The right to freely express yourself through art is a powerful tool many have used as an outlet to illuminate their thoughts, their ideas, and more importantly their right to be artistically free. There have been various attempts to censor or even ban literature, cinema, and other media outlets to “protect” societies morality from indecent, obscene, lewd, or lascivious material. Throughout American history, there have been many “crusaders” whom have fought against, what they considered to be... ... middle of paper ... ...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 (U.S. Const. amend. XIV).” The most powerful amendment in the Bill of Rights allows America’s to express artistically, politically, and sexually. Throughout history, there has been many times the government tried to restrict this freedom. Luckily for society, it has been more progressive and there are little restrictions when it comes to the freedom of expression. Every American has the right to freely express ones feelings and ideas, as long as it does not place citizens in harms way. In a free society, the right to freely express is the basic foundation of democracy. In America, we have the strongest foundation.
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