Sunday, August 24, 2008

23: Countdown to Constitution Day

Today's Topic: The First Amendment

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is a part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the right to petition.

Freedom of speech
A person can say or think anything they want.

Freedom of religion
A person can practice any religion or no religion. The government cannot establish a national religion.

Freedom of assembly
People can come together to have peaceful meetings, rallies, marches, or demonstrations.

Freedom of the press
A person can read, write, publish, or broadcast anything they want.

Right to petition
People can ask the government to change the law.

ACLU American Civil Liberties Union: Free Speech
First Amendment Center

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