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The First Amendment: Language That Is Not Protected

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution is one of the founding principles that our country is based on. It gives us as Americans the ability to debate and speak our minds without fear of persecution from our government. The full text of the First Amendment reads: 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. Throughout our history several cases have shaped the meaning of this language and left us with essentially nine categories of speech that are not p

 

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