Freedom Of Speech. Describes the 1st Amendment, particularly freedom of speech, and why it is important.

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The First Amendment states that "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 most important of the rights listed in the First Amendment is the right that gives everyone freedom of speech. It is so important because without it the individuality of every person would be stifled. It gives us the right to express the creativity and emotions that we all have.

Diversity is flourishing now more than ever. So many different groups of people with different beliefs reside in America. It is becoming difficult to express thoughts and opinions without offending someone else. So instead of using plain everyday language, citizens are using more politically correct terms, so as not to step on the toes of others.

A fat person is now a "person of mass" and a psychopath is now "socially misaligned". There aren't any bad people in America anymore because they've all been labeled "different". But so have the beautiful, the clever, the slow, the great, and the inferior. American citizens are always in search of the least offensive term. But what's wrong with the word beautiful ? Well, the cosmetically challenged people (previously know as "not good looking" or even , dare I say it, "ugly" ) might have a problem with it. It makes them feel inferior (excuse me "different"). They could develop some sort of complex, therefore putting them through unnecessary stress, which eventually leads to a lawsuit. Some guys were girl watching the other day. They made the mistake of calling some girl gorgeous, which isn't politically correct. The "different" looking girl was offended,