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Why is the First Amendment Important?


To protect individual rights, the framers of the United States Constitution added ten amendments to the document, which came into force in 1792, three years after the Constitution itself did. These amendments are collectively named the Bill of Rights.
 
Arguably, the First Amendment is also the most important to the maintenance of a democratic government. It states that “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.”

The first part of that statement reflects the framers’ experience with the long history of religious strife in Europe. They realized that religious discord can be explosive and cause tremendous disruption in politics. It would be doubly so if one religious sect were favored over all others. So, they ensured that federal government cannot interfere in the citizens’ practice of their religion.

The freedoms of speech, press, assembly and the right to petition the government and seek redress of grievances proclaim that citizens have the right to call the government to account. Freedom of speech and press allows citizens to communicate their ideas verbally and in writing, while freedom of assembly lets them publicly express a common interest. The right to petition allows citizens to point out to the government where it did not follow the law, to seek changes, as well as damages for such missteps.

Of course, there are limits to these freedoms. One may not force the tenets of his or her religion on those who do not observe those beliefs. Harmful speech, such as yelling “fire” in a crowded room, is not protected, nor is a written lie that causes harm. As well, gatherings must be peaceful. Destruction of the property of others is not protected by the First Amendment.

“Liberty is to faction –[political parties or movements] what air is to fire, an aliment without which it instantly expires,” said James Madison, the principal framer of the Constitution. “But it could not be less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction, than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency.”
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The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition.  It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices.  It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely.  It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government. (LII)  More Information on the First Amendment (Cornell Law School)

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Tucker: Big Tech's coordinated suppression amounts to a 'censorship cartel' 11/17/2020
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Kayleigh McEnany on being locked out of Twitter for sharing NY Post reporting 10/14/2020
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Owen reacts to the harrowing recent video of Zoe Lee, the pregnant Australian woman who was arrested for sharing an anti-lockdown event on Facebook 9/2/2020

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ig Tech now censoring all posts that question face coverings 10/30/2020

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University of Maryland Students Act as ‘Free Speech Zone’ Enforcers 9/23/2019

Football Game Canceled Ahead of Rally for Cheerleaders Punished for Trump Banner 9/21/2019

 

Twitter Suspends 10,000 Accounts for Spreading Political Discord Worldwid 9/20/2019

 

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Liberal FEC chairwoman targets online news she considers ‘fraudulent’ 8/30/2019

 

Pentagon Launches New Program to Fight “Viral” Internet Content 9/3/2019

 

University of Kentucky Apologizes for Staff Mocking, Slow-Walking Application for Conservative Club 8/22/2019

 

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Paul Gosar Introduces Bill to Stop Online Censorship 7/25/2019

 

Amazon Removes Danish Filmmaker’s Islam Documentary 7/24/2019

 

Ted Cruz Quizzes Google VP on Censoring PragerU Video About the Ten Commandments 7/16/2019

 

Doctor Fined $100,000 for ‘Anti-Vax’ Social Media Posts 7/5/2019

 

Big Data ‘Pulling the Plug’ on Conservatives ‘Who Might Tip the Scales’ in 2020 7/4/2019

 

Financial Blacklisting: Sleeping Giants and Soros-Backed Group Pressure Mastercard to Censor the Right 6/25/2019

 

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Google Launches Browser Extension to Let Users Flag ‘Deceptive’ Sites 6/19/2019

 

Josh Hawley Bill Would ‘Stop Big Tech’s Assault on Free Speech’ 6/19/2019

 

Tech Giants Head Down "Dangerous" Censorship Path 6/17/2019

 

Facebook’s Process to Label You a ‘Hate Agent’ Revealed 6/13/2019

 

Press freedom in 'downward spiral' across the world 5/6/2019

 

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Disturbing number of students say hate speech is not free speech 5/20/2019

 

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Link-banning Is Facebook’s Terrifying New Censorship Tool 5/2/2019

 

Report: Google Manually Manipulates Search Results to Exclude Conservative Sites 4/10/2019

 

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