When shall make no law respecting an establishment

When we think about equality and freedom, the first thing that comes to mind is the First Amendment. The First Amendment is a sentence added to the Constitution of the United States. It says that: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a readdress of grievances.” Free speech is one of the most practiced rights of the constitution. It’s a form of expression where you speak your mind about a particular situation. But when does free speech turns into hate speech? Every everyone in America has the right to free speech. But free speech transforms into hate speech when one uses words that threaten a person’s life or target the person based on their beliefs or skin color. One example of free speech would be having someone speak using a megaphone during an Endangered Species rights rally, expressing their opinion about why people should not wear fur coats. The speaker must use proper reasons; for example, tigers are going extinct due to illegal poaching. Tigers are hunted for their beautiful fur coats so that people can wear them as fashion. As long the speaker doesn’t make threats to the people who oppose his/her opinion, this would be free speech that’s protected by the Constitution of the United States. Another example is that people have the right to share their views on social media about issues such as animal cruelty, police brutality, or other personal situations one can have. The First Amendment gives someone the right to post on their Youtube channel a video where they talk about his/her opinion about having President Trump impeached. However, if they start to say things that involve violence and threats to the President, free speech becomes hate speech. Another example can be if an animal rights speaker starts telling others to kill poachers, that’s where free speech becomes hate speech. An article by Becca DiPietro, “There’s a World of Difference Between Free Speech and Hate Speech,” describes a situation with a speaker at Georgetown University: “The event sparked divisive debate on campus, as many progressive students condemned the GUCR for giving Darwish a platform to spew her hateful views.” My opinion is that the University should have censored Darwish a little, to protect students and avoid possible violence from both anti-Islam and pro-Islam demonstrators. In the end, it turned out the demonstrations were peaceful in that case, but not all displays are. In the Principle of Limited Government is the government itself nor any government official is not “above the law” and can violate the constitutional bounds. The constitution is one of the examples of government limitation. Especially the first amendment; which protects Rallies, Protests, Free Speech, and ect. The first amendment limits the government of bringing people fear to speak. Although it the government can’t restrict what you say in some cases you are not allowed to say. You can not threaten people’s lives, it is a felony to do so. The principle helps to simplify what the first amendment protects and what it does not protect.V:  Conclusion  Overall, free speech should be protected by the First Amendment, but not if one’s words target people based on their race or even the color of their skin. Our own President has stated words of hate toward people for their race. In this way, he has demonstrated how important free speech is in today’s society. The President has received a lot of criticism for his hateful words. But he, and all of us should stop ourselves from saying offensive words, whether it’s in a rally, in a tweet, or a comment on an article online.