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Freedom of Speech

Here’s a quiz for you. Read the following quoted passage and identify its source:

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.

This passage is:
(A) The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
(B) One of the rights of all Americans, as set forth in the Bill of Rights.
(C) The basis for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press.
(D) All of the above.

If you answered (D) All of the above, congratulations. You understand that the Consititution of the United States, which forms the basis of our country’s government, grants all Americans the freedom to express themselves and their opinions publicly, without fear of censorship. This freedom is helps separate our great country from those where people live in oppression. It’s also what makes it possible for people to share their opinions with others, to help identify and explore all sides of an issue, and to make the world a better place.

Why am I bringing this up here? Because, strange as this may seem, there are people in Wickenburg who would like to deny other people their freedom of speech. Oddly enough, these people would like to censor simple opinions, some of which appear on this Web site, simply because they don’t agree with those opinions.

I am a writer by profession and have been one since 1990. My 55th book was recently published and I’m working on #56 now. I have also written hundreds of articles for magazines, newspapers, and Web sites. As you can imagine, I take the First Amendment’s right of freedom of speech very seriously and frown on anyone who attempts to prevent it.

Are you an American? Are you proud of it? And proud of your Constitutional rights? If so, please join me in fighting censorship and ensuring that our First Amendment rights are preserved forever.

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