by: Janessa Valdez
Freedom of speech has not always been a privilege our country has had. Freedom of speech was established in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution in 1791.The written document in the First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment or 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 the redress of grievances.” This amendment is important because it’s part of what makes us free and equal to even the leaders in our country.
A lot of people would openly say this generation (millennials) is too sensitive, Zoee Alder, a senior, said, “This generation of people are like emotional marshmallows.” Our generation of students and young adults can’t handle someone else’s opinion. Abortion is a big topic that everyone seems to have an opinion on. Lexi Mora, a senior, said, “I am definitely against abortion.”
Tim Parkinson, a senior, also has an opinion on the subject; he said “I personally don’t believe in abortion, but I believe everyone should have the option, so I am pro-choice.” We all have our opinions and the one thing that everyone needs to understand is we don’t have to agree with someone else’s opinion, but we should respect that opinion.
Everyone has a right to an opinion and the right the say what needs to be said, yet we still have “emotional marshmallows” walking around. Ben Shapiro is a public speaker, he gives lectures and holds open conversations to the public about his political views. Ben Shapiro has been protested against many times, one close to home was at the University of Utah. At the university there were rumors of violence and a video of some students talking about bringing guns to the event. These protesters do have the right to protest, but why are they so upset? Shapiro is just giving an opinion. Instead of getting angry and possibly going to jail, the super aggressive protesters should listen to the talk and try and understand someone else, to open up their brains to different ideas. Opinions get everyone thinking and that is the goal, for everyone to think for themselves.
Senior Lauren Harbertson said, “I believe freedom of speech is important because it gives people the chance to think for themselves; hearing someone else’s opinion gives others the chance to change or form their own opinions.” Harbertson also said, “Even if someone has a different opinion than another person that is ok. It’s better for people to at least have an opinion because there are too many people walking around going off of what someone else said or not even caring about important topics.”
Harbertson said it perfectly, it’s more important for everyone to at least have an opinion than not care about the important events that are going on everyday, not only in our school but in the world. Alder also had a great way of putting it, we all need to stop being emotional marshmallows and be able to listen to someone else’s opinion and views without being personally offended, they are opinions (not facts) for a reason.