The Non–First Amendment Law of Freedom of Speech
February 16, 2023
The First Amendment is one of the most important rights in the United States, but it’s not the only thing that comes with certain restrictions. For example, freedom of speech is a constitutional right—but it’s not the only kind of speech that’s protected by the First Amendment. In fact, there are two other types:
1. The Statute
The First Amendment is the most important constitutional right and it’s also the only one that has a restriction. The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech…”
The First Amendment does not only protect speech from government interference; it also protects private entities from regulating their own employees’ speech. When speaking about private businesses like restaurants or bars, it’s important to remember that these businesses are allowed by law to ban certain types of language that they find offensive or objectionable (e.g., racial slurs).
2. The Meaning of the Statute
The Statute of Limitations is a specific law, which applies only to a location. The statute of limitations is not applicable to the whole country, but only applies to an area that has been designated as such by Congress.
The Meaning of the Statute
The definition of “statute” refers back to our discussion of what exactly constitutes a law: it must be enacted by Congress or passed by another legislative body with authority over local laws. The term “statute” also implies something written down and available for reference at any time (e.g., statutes).
3. The First Amendment and Freedom of Speech
The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, but it does not protect all speech. The First Amendment does not protect obscenity, defamation or false statements. It also does not protect incitement to violence or lawlessness.
This means that if you are a criminal and want to say something about your crime on Facebook so that other people might learn about it, your freedom of speech is limited by law enforcement agencies like the FBI’s sting operation against the website Silk Road (now defunct).
If you are trying to organize a protest outside an abortion clinic at which Dr. Kermit Gosnell performs abortions on babies born alive after being stabbed in their mothers’ wombs while they were still alive by state employees involved with this horrific practice–and thus being forced into being born prematurely without any healthcare costs associated with having lived outside their mother’s womb for nine months–you cannot do so because again: “free speech” only applies when someone else pays someone else’s bills first; otherwise we might have anarchy instead!
4. Suffrage and Freedom of Speech
The right to vote is a civil right, but it’s not protected by the First Amendment. The Constitution doesn’t say that voting is a First Amendment right; instead, it says that “the people” shall have the right to keep and bear arms. You can exercise your fundamental rights by exercising the most basic of all freedoms: free speech.
Your ability to speak out against government policies or candidates for office does not make you an activist in any sense of the word–unless you actually start handing out pamphlets on street corners or wearing t-shirts with slogans like “Vote For This Guy.” That would be activism!
Freedom of speech is a key constitutional right, but it’s not the only one that comes with certain restrictions.
Freedom of speech is a key constitutional right, but it’s not the only one that comes with certain restrictions. For example, the First Amendment protects freedom of religion and speech in general (as well as other rights), but there are other important constitutional protections that apply to freedom of expression as well, including those related to libel laws and hate crimes laws.
In addition to legal restrictions on what you can say or write about another person or group–such as defamation lawsuits or threats against public officials–you also have a right under the First Amendment not to be punished for your beliefs. This means that even if someone tries to silence you by criminalizing your words, they cannot prevent you from saying them out loud!
Freedom of speech can be a powerful tool. It allows us to communicate with others and make our voices heard in the public sphere, but it also comes with limitations. When it comes down to it, the question is always: does this speech cause harm? The answer may not always be clear-cut, as when someone says something offensive or hurtful about someone else’s religion or race.
But there are some instances where speech is clearly harmful—such as defamation lawsuits—and other times where nothing seems wrong with what someone says (no matter how offensive), such as political speeches or social media posts. In those cases too we need laws that set boundaries on what people say and do online so that everyone feels safe using the internet without fear of being prosecuted for breaking them!