October 12, 2011

Pop Quiz: The Constitution

The stars of Footloose are here for today’s pop quiz.

Julianne: Our new movie, Footloose, is about a teen who moves to a town where dancing is against the law. But he’s not ready to give up dancing just yet and is determined to express himself.

Kenny: So, your question is about freedom of speech and expression:

What amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects freedom of speech?

A. The 17th Amendment

B. The 1st Amendment

C. The 2nd Amendment

D. The 13th Amendment

Julianne: Take ten seconds.

Okay, time’s up! The answer is “B,” the First Amendment protects our freedom of speech…and freedom to dance.

Kenny: Now it’s Channel One’s turn to cut loose.

Jessica: That is right. The First Amendment protects our freedom of speech. But that doesn’t mean you can say anything, anywhere. There are some limitations. For example, it is illegal to slander or libel someone.

Slander means making false statements that could harm someone’s reputation. And libel refers to publishing false information that hurts someone’s reputation. Another free speech limitation is incitement. Incitement is anything that encourages, or incites, someone to commit a crime.

The First Amendment doesn’t just protect speech. It also protects our freedom of religion, freedom to peaceably assemble, freedom to petition the government and freedom of the press.

Julianne: Alright. That’s it for us!

Kenny: Thanks for having us on the show.

Julianne: See you later!

Kenny: Bye!


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