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Is Censorship Justified?

  • Date Submitted: 05/09/2011 07:04 PM
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Is Censorship Justified?
An Argumentive Essay

      The greatest country known to man The United States of America founded on two doctrines: freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Searching for a new way of life, a new way to worship, the Pilgrims migrated here from Europe. Unfortunately, they could not for see that their quest would lead them into an eight year war. Many were killed in this war for what is taken for granted today. It is unfortunate that American citizens are not aware how fortunate it is to have these freedoms. The freedom to speech to say what they please, the freedom of religion to serve whatever God they please, and generally the freedom to do as they please. According to Thurgood Marshall (1969), Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Censorship can be a confusing and some may find it difficult to find balance between free speech and censorship. Sure it may be wrong to clamp down too hard, but certainly there are some things which cannot be allowed and to that point censorship is justified.
      Some Americans will say yes to censorship because children could be exposed to course materiel. However with the advancement of technology, parents have the choice, to block out what is not suitable for their children. Additionally, parents should consider teaching their children that there are wrongs in this world and teach them right from wrong. Parents being concerned is understandable because who would want their child to be exposed to filth. Unfortunately, with all the new technology today some filth will still seep through to our children.

      Let us examine the definition of censorship, “Censorship is the suppression of speech or deletion of communicative material which may be, considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient to the government or media organizations as determined by a censor”- (word net).   The operative word within the definition...

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