MSS On Point: Freedom of Speech and Standing Firm on Your Convictions

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Freedom of Speech and Standing Firm on Your Convictions

by Joanne Troppello


Conviction is standing firm in what you believe, even in the face of ridicule and persecution. Imprisonment is being afraid to stand up for what you believe in for fear of ridicule and persecution.

We recently watched the movie, Last Ounce of Courage. It’s a faith-based, independent film. It’s nice to watch a movie where there is no profanity or other promiscuous behavior—and it’s a decent, intriguing movie as far as movies go.



The movie tells the story of a teenage boy whose father was a soldier who died. The boy and his mother come back home fourteen years later and there is a time of reconnecting with the boy and his grandfather.


So, where does the theme of freedom of speech come into play?


The boy’s grandfather is the town Mayor, who decides it’s time to start standing up for his convictions again—especially after he is prompted to by his teenage grandson.


The storyline unfolds and freedom of speech and religion is fought for as they try to restore the true meaning of Christmas and the right to have a cross with the words: Jesus Saves, written on it and displayed on the town mission—after someone tried to have them take the cross down.


How much do you value your Freedom of Speech?


“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 redress of grievances.”

I believe that everyone has a right to his or her own opinion and that he or she can speak that opinion freely ~ that’s the beauty of FREEDOM of SPEECH.


I love this country and love my God and want to make a difference in this world, even if it’s only something small like expressing my thoughts and ideas in writing.


That’s why I vote now—because I can and because I need to. If I don’t vote, who will? That’s the mindset we need to have. Just imagine if we ALL said oh my vote doesn’t count, and no one went to the polls. What message does that send to the Government?


It says that you can have carte blanche and ram down any laws into our throats that you want to. Isn’t it time for a voting revolution? Yes, I did mean revolution, but a peaceful one that takes us back to the principles of our Founding Fathers. Isn’t it time to get back to the Constitution?


Regardless of whether or not you and I believe the same thing, it doesn’t matter. That’s the FREEDOM of living in this great country.


No one can tell you how to live your life in the pursuit of happiness ~ no one can tell you what religion to practice or to believe or not believe in God ~ no one can stop your peaceable assemblies ~ no one can stop you from petitioning the Government for a redress of grievances, even if they think you’re only “astroturf” and not a real grassroots movement.


I’m preaching to myself here, too—now is the time to make a difference and start contacting our leaders in Government and sharing our thoughts on how we want this Country to get back to what our Founding Fathers set it out to be…a Country of people who believed that God is head of this land.


What is God asking you to speak up for today?

About the Author


Freedom of Speech article by Joanne Troppello

Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.


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