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The 1st amendment does not protect libraries from banning books.

Why doesn’t the 1st amendment protect libraries from banning books?

There are many great examples of books banned by libraries, even those we once read, required for school, one of them is To Kill A Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee. People tried to ban this book because they believed it was offensive to African-Americans. The 1st amendment is not protecting its libraries. Books are a form of expression, when published, its shared with the world, sort of like a press. The press, even book publishers, have the right to publish stories, but they must support them with facts.

One of the 10th most banned books is, Thirteen Reasons Whyby Jay Asher. This show can be described as fictional, because it tackles through real-world issues, taking a look at sexual assault, substance abuse, suicide, and more.  For these reasons, books are being banned. The first amendment is supposed to protect published books, with fact-based stories. Its books like Beloved (written by Toni Morrison), that are banned for being real, in other words, factual. Beloved, was banned from many libraries because it showed real-life events, such as slavery, and violence.

Books, however, can get turned into a clean version, no offensive language, no sexual content, or nudity. Although, not all books have that option. Some have other objections, which are harder to censor, or verzionalize. For example. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, written by D.H. Lawrence, is pretty much all about these things, it’s a 1928 version of Fifty Shades of Grey when the whole book is based on these challenges. Others include things like, homosexuality, religious viewpoints, racism, drugs/alcohol/smoking, occult/satanism, or even portrait of Marxism.

Sometimes books are banned for good reasons, censorship being an example. We don’t want underage children reading these type of things, not only will it take away their innocence, but it is not at all appropriate for our schools to be influencing these things.

This is a serious issue, our libraries, should be protected by the first amendment. People find this topic as a very controversial issue. Some say, ban these book, appropriate for younger children. Other may oppose, and say things like “Speak Out”. Some land in the middle coming up with ideas to protect the first amendment, for example, ban books from libraries at schools (or clean versions), and keep regular uncensored books at public libraries. For cases like these, the 1st amendment should protect libraries from banning books.

Tags: Expression, Books, Press, School


Works Cited:

Richie, Nathan. “Libraries and the First Amendment.” Programming Librarian, 14 May 2015, www.programminglibrarian.org/articles/libraries-and-first-amendment.

Ferro, Shaunacy. “24 Of the Most Banned Books of All Time.” Mental Floss, 26 Sept. 2016, mentalfloss.com/article/86658/24-most-banned-books-all-time.

“10 Banned Books Everyone Should Read.” Real Simple, www.realsimple.com/magazine-more/inside-magazine/life-lessons/banned-books.


The World is Ending! Or is that just Satire?

Throughout history, there has been many examples of Satire, or as it is more commonly know today as Fake News. You hear and see it all over the place whether it be on TV or on Facebook and other things like that. They use catchy titles and then once people are in they give them information that they know is either true or false but the reader doesn’t always know. In today’s day and age, there is so many places to get news from but because of that people don’t know whether it’s real or fake news. With all of this this you may wonder, is Satire protected under the first amendment? In 1988, there was a magazine named Hustler Magazine that posted pictures of nude women and political satire among other things. They posted a head shot of a man named Jerry Falwell and put certain words together that he actually said but in a different order about a sexual accouter. Falwell claimed it ruined his reputation and tried to sue Hustler for publishing it. The Supreme Court ruled 8-0 in favor of Hustler because he did nothing wrong and no one in their right mind would believe the story to be factual.  

Many people use Satire for their shows or blogs so people read them or watch them. In turn, if people read and see something they don’t like or agree with, they automatically call it fake news. Nobody knows what is true or not but to be fair, a lot of what you see is satire. People make livings off of satire, such as Stephen Colbert. A lot of people believe everything he says to be true.

“Hustler Magazine V. Falwell.” En.wikipedia.org. N. p., 2017. Web. 3 Oct. 2017.

Gioria, Ted. “The Death of Satire.” July 2015.

Praying Before Football Games- Against the Law or Not?

In a lot of places, they pray before football and other games. It has been going on for a long time. Now, people are challenging if this is going against the law. The 1st Amendment gives people freedom of speech and religion. How people interpret that leads to conflict on this issue.

The football team in Dumore has prayed before games for a long time (read more here). They are now told they can’t and are not happy about it. They can’t pray before the game anymore because they were told it’s against the law as public teacher and coaches should not be involved in leading religious acts. The 1st Amendment says freedom of religion. Some people think that means that people should be free to pray if they want. The other side thinks that means students can choose to pray, but it can’t be led by staff because it goes against the separation of church and state. If people from a different religion or belief were there, they could feel pressured to just follow along or be treated differently.

In conclusion, students can still pray if they want, but the 1st amendment makes it so people can be free to practice their own religions how they want to and not how the school tells them to.(read more here)

Works Cited:

“PRO/CON…Should sports teams be allowed to pray before games?” October 18, 2012 by Amy Ayala from King’s Courier


“When Faith and Football Don’t Mix” by Ken Paulson October 23, 2012


“Prayer Before Football Game Ruled Against The Law” by Stacy Lange 11/4/2016




Dakota Access Pipeline & First Amendment

Written in the Bill Of Rights under the 1st amendment is freedom of speech. Included in this freedom of speech is, the right to have freedom of the press, and freedom of peaceable assemblies. Reporters see this as their right to give news reports on what they call the truth, but the government sees it as rioting and as of late, has been putting these reporters in jail or giving out tickets for trespassing. The North Dakota Access Pipeline as of late has been a very hot and controversial issue in our nation. It was a very big topic regarding our debates and president elections back in 2016. With Trump in control, we are likely to see this pipeline passed and built. This has gotten people all across the country riled up. Many people have traveled nationwide to protest in the Dakotas. Saying that it is land we owe to the SIoux and it is unavailable to build on.  Others think it is better for our economy and will lead to more jobs. Being one of the biggest controversies in our country right now, we also have the debate whether or not it infringes on the rights of the first amendment.  Part of that first amendment is, freedom of the press, the right to be protected as press for your work. As long as that work is not ‘fake news’. News teams have been going on to private land and giving reports on the pipeline and their protests. Some of these reports have given certain reporters a ticket from the police or even a spot in jail. The reason behind this is that they are trespassing on someone else’s land. The question behind this all is are they giving these reports unwarranted as a ‘rioting-like protest’  response to Trump’s new order or simply just doing news coverage.

I am neutral on this discussion, though. I believe that the pipeline was a good decision passed by President Trump and it will benefit our nation in many ways. I do not think the protesting by citizens will do anything though and all it is is a waste of their time. From the standpoint of the press vs. the government, I see both sides. The press is, in a way, protesting by giving these stories as most often given from the negative side of the pipeline, leaving out the possibilities the pipeline has to offer. This is seen by the government a form of protesting, falling under the category of rioting, which results in a ticket or if necessary, jail. To avoid the problems for both sides of the argument, reporters can give news on public land and give news more neutralized. Staying off private land avoiding the ticket, and making all sides happy by delivering news that is equalized.

Confederate Flags Are Banned From Schools

Defenders of the Confederate flags demands that it symbolizes the heritage, not hate. Many other Americans see it as an emblem of white supremacy. Freedom of speech is one of the most important facets of our democracy, we as individuals wear these symbols to protest a school policy that prohibits them. So should students be allowed to wear Confederate symbols at school, or should the school limit the freedom of speech? A peaceful student who attended at a Virginia High School demonstrated his view with confederacy, which ended with school administrators suspending twenty three students for wearing clothing with the Confederate flag. According to school officials, other students, and parents, this violated the school’s dress code.

The other big issue is that Students are banned from wearing any clothing that could possibly reflect negatively on someone due to their race, which specifies that any clothing with Confederate symbols would fall into that category. Based on the school’s recent experiences with displays of the Confederate flag, it’s likely to disrupt schoolwork, by exacerbating racial hostilities leading to fights and similar disruptions. Speeches will lead to violent attacks on the speaker, unless an outright riot is looming. School administrators should be free to prevent substantial risks of material disruption whatever the disruptive mechanism might be.


Tags: Press, Confederacy, Confederate Flag, Public, Freedom, Controversial


Works Cited:


Board, T. (2017). Should students be allowed to wear Confederate flag clothing?. latimes.com. Retrieved 20 February 2017, from http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-flag-20150820-story.html

Volokh, E. & Volokh, E. (2017). Opinion | The Confederate flag, the First Amendment and public schools. Washington Post. Retrieved 20 February 2017, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/09/21/the-confederate-flag-the-first-amendment-and-public-schools/?utm_term=.b27201551dd5

Can we trust the news social media?

There are so many examples for “fake news”, from theWeekend Update” from Saturday Night Live to The daily show, from BuzzFeed to  Political Cartoons.  We only like to read stories that have an eye-catching headline but does the story have facts to back them up or is it “fake news” that don’t have the facts?  Web sites make eye-catching headlines for us to click on them, they get money off every time someone clicks on that article. This is called “click bait”. So if companies make money off us clicking on their articles can we really trust them? Freedom of the Press is one of the most important parts of our country, we look to social media to inform us of new issues, and to keep a record of the events that happened and also know what’s going to happen. People go to social media before they do something rational. So is News on social media protected by the press?

On November 23, 2016, Noah Feldman stated that it’s a lot more expensive to generate true news stories than false ones. News requires reporting and research and institutional structures like editors and fact checkers to support them. On Chicago Tribune on December 6, 2016, Clarence Page(3) stated that Entertainment typically sells better than news. News people are limited to reporting reality. Fake news can be as unfair and unbalanced. It doesn’t help that our president calls CNN “Fake news. A lot of people would agree with President Trump because he is a leader.  News on the media it can change or damage your reputation if someone calls you out on that article saying that you published “fake news”. So is news on social media protected by the press?