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Freedom Of Speech, A Computer, And The Will To Use It

This is the 5th article in our Civil Rights And The Freedom Of Speech series. The first installment was entitled Civil Rights And The Freedom Of Speech, the second was Freedom Of Speech, Gag Rules, Gag Orders, And Gagged Critics, the third was entitled Freedom Of Speech, National Origin, And Religious Belief, and number four was Freedom Of Speech, Obscenity, And The Super Bowl.

“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.”

In these past few articles we have discussed the freedom of speech we are guaranteed by the simple fact that we live in this great country. We are promised a free exercise of this intellectual muscle to our heart’s content. Whether we wish to burn a flag, stand on a soap box, organize a protest march, offer our insights on a number of topics, or let lose the most repugnant drivel in the name of freedom of speech...all these utterances are protected by the Constitution.

Yet, why does it appear that so few of us actually flex this most coveted muscle? Why does it seem as though a few speak out, while so many more are content you simply follow akin a herd of lemmings?

If you feel inspired to take up your pen and begin exercising your civil rights by making your voice heard, here are some practical suggestions:

I hope this article has inspired you, at least a little, to actually pursue and exercise this most precious of all civil rights: the freedom of speech.

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