Freedom of Speech

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  FREEDOM OF SPEECH Toshi: You can’t go outside looking like that! What are you thinking?   Celeste: I’m   exercising  my right of free speech . I’ve put on these clothes and painted my body this way to protest the treatment of women. I want to send a message. Toshi: You’re crazy if you think people are going   to take you seriously . What you’re wearing is offensive  and those messages painted on your body are hate speech . Celeste: It’s my basic   human right  to a freedom of expression , and this is how I choose to express myself. Toshi: There are limits to free speech and expression, and you’ve   crossed the line . In fact, you’re   abusing  those rights. Obscenity   and hate speech aren’t   protected , you know. Celeste: If you feel so strongly about it, I have a suggestion for you. Toshi: What? Celeste: You can express your free speech by protesting against me. After all, it’s your inalienable  right. Toshi: I’m not wasting my time. Hey, you’re not really going outside looking like that, are you?  Celeste: You know what they say: The medium is the message . And I’m sending my message loud and clear  ! Vocabulary To exercise = to use your legal ability or rights Right of free speech = your legal right to say what you want; the freedom to speak You’re crazy = you’re not thinking properly To take you seriously = to treat as if your ideas are important To protest = to fight against something; to express disagreement To send a message = to communicate ideas to someone else Offensive = something that hurts other people’ s feelings; make someone else mad or hurt. Hate speech = things you should not say because they are so offensive to other people, especially language directed at someone’s race, sex, ethnicity, etc.    Human right = something everyone should be allowed to do Basic = fundamental Freedom of expression = freedom of speech; can also mean your clothing or actions Express myself = communicate what I feel Limits = restrictions Crossed the line = to go too far; to go beyond what you are allowed to do  Abusing = to use something for the wrong purpose; to hurt someone in some way Obscenity = actions or words that are concerned very rude or offensive, especially sexual Protected (under the law) = allowed to do something; not protected: not allowed Feel strongly = have a definite opinion Inalienable = something that cannot be taken away from a person (alienate = to estrange) The medium is the message = the way a message is communicated affects the message (she is sending her message by the way she is dressed) Loud and clear = everyone can understand; easy to understand The Bill of Rights The Bill of Rights  is the name for the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution.  These amendments serve to protect the natural rights of  liberty and property.  Natural and legal rights  are two types of  rights.  Natural rights  are rights not dependent upon the laws, customs, or beliefs of any particular culture or government, and therefore universal and inalienable. In contrast, legal rights  are those bestowed onto a person by a given legal system. The Bill of Rights amendments guarantee a number of personal freedoms, limit the government's power in  judicial and other proceedings, and reserve some powers to the states and the public. The Bill of Rights plays a key role in American law and government, and remains a vital symbol of the freedoms and culture of the nation.  Amendment I 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.
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