Free Speech Article Analysis - "Speech Codes Threaten Free Speech on College Campuses"

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As our blueprint for individual freedom and the assurance of an open

society, the First Amendment protects freedom of speech, press,

religion, assembly and petition. Generally speaking, most people

believe in the right to free speech, but debate whether it should cover

flag-burning, hard-core rap and heavy-metal lyrics, tobacco advertising,

hate speech, pornography, nude dancing, solicitation and various forms

of symbolic speech. Many would agree to limit some forms of free


I chose to analyze an article (by Alan Charles Kors) on free speech,

discussing the first amendment, for speech codes on college campuses. I

recently worked for a college for three years as a Financial Aid

Assistant, aiding families in the federal loan and institutional

application process. The following article analysis not only relates to

what I got to experience in the collegiate environment, it also

reinforces actual rights, and

the struggle for liberty and


When the U.S. Constitution was signed on Sept.

17, 1787, it did not

contain the indispensable freedoms now delineated in the Bill of Rights,

because many of the Framers viewed their addition as unnecessary.

However, after spirited debate, the Bill of Rights was adopted. The

first freedoms guaranteed in this historic document were articulated in

the 45 words written by James Madison that we have come to know as the

First Amendment.

The First Amendment reads: "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". The First Amendment was established because at

America's inauguration, citizens demanded a promise of their basic


Almost all colleges and universities, for example,? have "harassment"

policies that prohibit selective...