The First Amendment
The First Amendment is, in many people's eyes, considered the most important amendment in the United States Constitution. It protects the rights to freedom of religion, freedom of expression, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of press from government interference. Basically, the amendment gives people the ability to live their lives the way that they want to, with the lifestyle that they choose. If people don't like what they hear, they have the right to speak up; if they find something offensive, they have the right to stand up against it. The amendment prevents the government from being too restrictive or involved in personal affairs, such as what religion a person practices, what a person says or writes, and what beliefs a person expresses. The First Amendment was passed in 1789. James Madison, known as the “Father of the Constitution” for his contribution to the development of the Constitution, had proposed twelve amendments, which ended up becoming the first ten amendments of the Constitution. These first ten amendments made up what became known as the Bill of Rights. It was not only Madison who came up with the amendments, there were several other people that were involved, including Thomas Jefferson. The main reason Madison proposed these amendments was because he felt that the government was interfering too much with people's rights and personal affairs, so he decided to give the people of the United States some freedom to do what they like by protecting these rights. The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
speech” In other words, the government does not have the right to stop any person from believing or following a religion they like, nor does it have the right to pass any laws establishing a religion or forcing people to observe any specific...
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