Monday, January 31, 2005

1 in 3 teens says First Amendment goes 'too far'

AP - The way many high school students see it, government censorship of newspapers may not be a bad thing, and flag burning is hardly protected free speech. It turns out the First Amendment is a second-rate issue to many of those nearing their own adult independence, according to a study of high school attitudes released today.

The original amendment to the Constitution is the cornerstone of the way of life in the United States, promising citizens the freedoms of religion, speech, press and assembly. Yet, when told of the exact text of the First Amendment, more than one in three high school students said it goes "too far" in the rights it guarantees. Only half of the students said newspapers should be allowed to publish freely without government approval of stories.

Sigh.

3 Comments:

At 8:29 PM, Blogger Richard ~ said...

Reminds me of something else that I read today:

'CONSTITUTION:
They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Iraq. Why don’t we just give them ours? It was written by a lot of really smart guys, it’s worked for over 200 years and we’re not using it anymore.'

 
At 9:58 PM, Blogger Luke said...

Funny. Sad - but funny.

 
At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One step forward, two steps back.

Richard

 

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