EastwoodJames Eastwood Nicole ServinoENG 090 009Position Paper December 3, 2011TitleOn September 17, 1787, the founding fathers of the United States signed theConstitution of the United States the supreme law of the land. The Constitution organizesthe countries government, such as, the three branches of the government, their roles, anddefines their individual roles. The Constitution also defines the individual rights of thecountries citizens in the first ten amendments known as the Bill of Rights. One amendmentthat is consistently debated and argued is the 1st Amendment. The first amendment states:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; of abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
The intentions of the forefathers when writing the 1st Amendment have been heavilyquestioned and debated. Again, the United States government and it's citizens have startedand will continue for months to come debating whether freedom of speech is an inherentright of the U.S. citizens, or if there are times that the Government should intervene andcensor media that could be potentially harmful to the continuity of the government.Censorship in the United States is not a new topic. In 1798 president John Adams passed a bill that made it illegal to criticize a government official. (Head, Online) Therehave been years of censorship making books and movie themes illegal. Most recently,during the Super Bowl on February 1, 2004, during the halftime show a wardrobe1