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10 Rights the First Amendment Absolutely Does Not Grant

Protest Pictures

By Dave Ross

A group of protesters, including Princeton professor Cornel West (center), march in Boston during the Occupy Boston movement to protest corporate greed.

You’ve seen the headline dozens of times. A movie star or professional athlete gets fired for making an insulting or racist comment during a TV interview. The person’s response: “Last time I checked, it’s a free country!”

That’s true. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of speech. But that doesn’t mean that people won’t be offended by your words or that the First Amendment protects the right to say anything, anywhere or anytime without repercussions. Continue reading