America's Youth Censored

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The society today seems to be confused about the First Amendment, freedom of speech, censorship and how they work and how the government wants to try and change what our fore fathers wrote in the Constitution of the United States. Today people close their eyes to the fact the Government is controlling everything we watch on television, what we read in papers and books, what we listen to in our day to day lives. The government seems to think our children need to be protected by censorship laws instead of letting the parents teach our children right from wrong. Instead of letting the government tell us as parents how our children need to be censored, it would be better to let us as parents make the decisions whether or not music or television shows are appropriate.

The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States 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.

Probably no other provision of the Constitution has given rise to so many different views with respect to its underlying philosophical foundations, and hence proper interpretive framework, as has the guarantee of freedom of expression--the free speech and free press clauses. The argument has been fought out among the commentators. ''The outstanding fact about the First Amendment today is that the Supreme Court has never developed any comprehensive theory of what that constitutional guarantee means and how it should be applied in concrete cases.'' Some of the commentators argue in behalf of a complex of values, none of which by itself is sufficient to support a broad-based...