Free Speech

Freedom of Speech was so important to our forefathers in creating this new union, The United States of America, that it became the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution and many state constitutions, and state and federal laws. Freedom of speech, also called free speech, means the free and public expression of opinions without censorship, interference and restraint by the government, person or a business within the United States of America.  The term "freedom of speech" embedded in the First Amendment encompasses the decision what to say as well as what not to say.  The Supreme Court of the United States has recognized several categories of speech that are given lesser or no protection by the First Amendment and has recognized that governments may enact reasonable time, place, or manner restrictions on speech. The First Amendment's constitutional right of free speech, which is applicable to state and local governments under the incorporation doctrine, only prevents government restrictions on speech, not restrictions imposed by private individuals or businesses unless they are acting on behalf of the government. 

However, laws may restrict the ability of private businesses and individuals from restricting the speech of others, such as employment laws that restrict employers' ability to prevent employees from disclosing their salary with coworkers or attempting to organize a labor union and social media companies that are sheltering themselves under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

This is what prompted us to create MADD Talent Social Media and our MADD Talent News section of our site.  The articles within MADD Talent may not always represent the thoughts and opinions of MADD Talent, but to ensure that everyone has the Constitutional right to express their thoughts, we will post the articles that are submitted by our members and we will always respect their right to speak freely for what they believe.  We don't ask you to agree with anything within our site and never will.  You too have  the same unalienable rights to believe what you feel your conscience dictates you should believe and follow.  All we will ask, is that you respect the same from others.