October 20, 2008

Freedom of Speech Week

I'm happy to have it and this week we're celebrating Freedom of Speech Week. This is a newly formed observance which takes place on the third week of October. We, of course, can't always say what we want unless we're willing to suffer the consequences. The consequences are, in the grand scheme, usually pretty minor especially as a child: mouth washed out with soap, detention, a paddling. As an adult, however, I can pretty much say whatever the hell I want, and I love it.

Here's a little history on this freedom:

The First Amendment is one of the 10 original amendments to the United States Constitution known as the "Bill of Rights." The first Congress presented these amendments to the legislatures of the colonial states on Sept. 25, 1789. Here's what it says:

"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."

Quote of the Day:
“The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.” Justice Anthony Kennedy (1936 - )

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