Freedom Essay

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Freedom








Have you ever wondered what life at school would be like without “freedom?” In myopinion
I think it would be horrid. Think about it. If we had no freedom we wouldn’t be able to
do the things we love most, or choose what friends we hang out with. The freedoms we have
now we all take for granted. For example, do you even know what your freedoms are? If
you don’t, then you ought to hear me out so you know in the future what they mean. First
of all there are two very specific freedoms that all students and teachers should know and
understand. These two freedoms are the very basis for our society.



1)FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Freedom of speech is one of the most important freedoms we have because if we didn’t have
this one we wouldn’t be able to speak our minds through speeches in public. This freedom
allows us to speak in more ways than one. It allows us to express ourselves through
reading, writing, and speaking. Although freedom of speech has its greatness in many
ways, it also has a downfall, in which it is abused. For example: Media today can twist
this freedom to invade your privacy, which is not a good thing if you’re Arnold
Shwartzenegger getting out of the shower, and someone takes a picture of you naked and
prints it in the local paper. But most of the time this sinerio doesn’t occur because
they’ve come up with laws like the “Privacy Act,” and so on so this sort of mayhem doesn’t
happen, but even though laws are made people still break them.



2)FREEDOM OF RELIGION

This freedom goes along with freedom of speech yet stands alone in its own category.
There are many ways to look at this freedom. It has as many goods as it does bads. You
just have to learn how to apply it to you. First I’ll list the goods. The gains of this
freedom allow you not only to speak your own opinions, but allows you to take it a step
further. Example: Lets say you are a Christian, but go to a school where Christianity is
looked down upon. Now lets say you have some friends that also attend this school and
want to have a lunchtime bible study, but are afraid that the school may suspend you or
even worse. Well, it says in the constitution, the rules and regulations our country is
based upon, that students may have a bible study in and on school premises as long as it
is student led. Teachers may even attend, but cannot participate in the function. This
is where a lot can go wrong and things get turned upside down. This is also where some of
the bads come into play. This freedom is more a rightstricken than abused law. In other
words it’s more denied than abused. An example of this was written by Rebecca Jones from
the American Schoolboard Journal. She wrote, “Lillian Gobits Vs Minersville District, in
1940 led some West Virginians to punish Jehovah’s Witnesses who refuse to have their
children recite the Pledge of Allegiance in school. The Witnesses, she wrote, “Were
actually herded together and fed castor oil, stripped of their clothes, and forced to walk
through town.” (Jones 2)
Well, about three years later the supreme court reversed itself and ruled that schools
could not require the pledge. It’s this kind of abuse that turns people away from
religion in my opinion.

Nothing is more challenging than confronting a well-established myth. A myth, repeated
often enough that it takes a hold on peoples imaginations and is all but impossible to get
rid of. One such myth is that when it comes to religion in public schools, people For and
Against school prayer are engaged in the legal equivalent of Hand-to-hand combat, one side
fighting to put God in schools, and the other desperately trying to keep him out.




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