First Amendment and the “Freedom of Speech”

firstHow often have you had someone try to claim their First Amendment and their “Freedom of Speech” rights? They usually come in response to something like the closing of threads or deleting of posts. Most of those who try to claim these “rights” are from the USA and they should know better. I enjoy giving them a civics history lesson*.

The First Amendment of the USA Constitution, in part says:

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 other words, the First Amendment protects you from the GOVERNMENT, not from the forum administrator on a private property (ie a forum). I like telling people that “I am not congress!“.

For more on this see the Wikipedia article on Freedom of Speech.

*I not even from the USA and do not live there, which makes giving them this civics lesson even more fun!

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