Free speech gets a week

October 20, 2009
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Most Americans should know they have the freedom of speech, thanks to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, but they may not know there’s a week commemorating the right.

This week marks the annual National Freedom of Speech Week, always celebrated during the third week in October. It was created by the Media Institute, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. Based on the NFSW Web site,, it appears the Media Institute wants to keep reminding the public of their right to free speech and why it’s important we have that freedom. It encourages people to write a poem, keep a journal, or speak out at a rally.

Even the American Bar Association is promoting the week by creating a page on their Web site dedicated to the event. It has a mini-quiz with legal questions relating to the First Amendment.

We probably take for granted our freedom of speech in America because we can pretty much say whatever we want (with some restrictions, of course). We know we have the freedom of speech, but the general public probably doesn’t realize what that exactly means and what the limitations on it are.

There are various special days or weeks that recognize our rights as Americans, such as NFSW and Constitution Day. Do you think these are effective in educating the public on their rights found in the Constitution?


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  1. Freedom From Religion Foundation: If you really want to be free from religion, don't go to the Christmas Play or the Christmas Pageant or the Christmas Parade. Anything with "Christ" or Saint...fill in the blank...would be off limits to you. Then leave the rest of us ALONE!

  2. So the prosecutor made an error and the defendants get a full remedy. Just one short paragraph to undo the harm of the erroneous prosecution. Wow. Just wow.

  3. Wake up!!!! Lawyers are useless!! it makes no difference in any way to speak about what is important!! Just dont tell your plans to the "SELFRIGHTEOUS ARROGANT JERKS!! WHO THINK THEY ARE BETTER THAN ANOTHER MAN/WOMAN!!!!!!

  4. Looks like you dont understand Democracy, Civilized Society does not cut a thiefs hands off, becouse now he cant steal or write or feed himself or learn !!! You deserve to be over punished, Many men are mistreated hurt in many ways before a breaking point happens! grow up !!!

  5. It was all that kept us from tyranny. So sad that so few among the elite cared enough to guard the sacred trust. Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law. Sophocles No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor. Theodore Roosevelt That was the ideal ... here is the Hoosier reality: The King can do no wrong. Legal maxim From the Latin 'Rex non potest peccare'. When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal. Richard Nixon