Know your Constitution
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Freedom of religion, speech, and press
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.
So again we're left asking, "What does this mean? How does this affect me?" So let's break this down with the definitions
that are pertinent to the context of this text.
~respecting- With reference or regard to
~establishment - established church, The action of establishing something or being established
~prohibiting- Formally forbid by law, rule, or other authority; Formally forbid a person or group from doing something.
~free- Not under the control or in the power of another; able to act or be done as one wishes
~exercise- Use or apply (a faculty, right, or process)
~abridging- Curtail (rights or privileges); Deprive someone of
~press- a printing or publishing establishment; the gathering and publishing or broadcasting of news; newspapers,
periodicals, and often radio and television news broadcasting; news reporters, publishers, and broadcasters.
~assemble- (of people) Gather together in one place for a common purpose
~petition- Make or present a formal request to (an authority) with respect to a particular cause
~redress- Remedy or set right (an undesirable or unfair situation)
~grievances- A real or imagined wrong or other cause for complaint or protest, esp. unfair treatment; An official statement
of a complaint over something believed to be wrong or unfair
Wasn't that fun? lol. OK now to write that amendment with definitions in tow
Congress shall make no law with reference or regard to an established church nor the action of establishing religion, or
formally forbid by law, rule, or other authority the ability to act or do as one wishes with regard to the practice thereof;
or depriving anyone of the ability to act or do as one wishes with regard to speech, or of the gathering and publishing or
broadcasting of news; or the right of the people peaceably to gather together in one place for a common purpose, and to
present a formal request to the Government with respect to a particular cause for a remedy to undesirable or unfair, real or
imagined, wrong, or other cause for complaint or protest.
Sound clear enough??
Government, can NOT tell you your religion is not real provided you are trying to establish it, nor can they pass laws or
regulations upon your private or public practice or upon your church....(no prayer of any form in public schools, buildings,
Government can not forcibly censor, pass law or regulation against, fine, or jail, any individual for their speech if they do
not intend to 'incite insubordination from military personnel....(covered elsewhere in the Constitution.).
Government cannot legally censor, fine, or jail, any citizen for collecting and recording ANYTHING publicly visible, or any
available information, and broadcasting it in whatever means they deem fit as a medium to inform the rest of the
country....(as recently confirmed by Supreme Court ruling in regards to video and audio recording police and other government
Government can not order disbandment, fine, nor jail any person or persons who are gathered PEACEFULLY, regardless of how
long they gather for, and no matter the complaint or cause(occupy movement??).
Well, again the Olde English of the Constitution end up to be pretty cut-and-dry. As you can plainly see, the Constitution is
still just as applicable in modern times as it was back then. Provided of course you have a clear understanding of it's
meanings. I hope this was informative.
We cannot educate the populace without YOUR help in spreading knowledge.
"Without Freedom of thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of
speech" -- Benjamin Franklin
"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter" -- George Washington
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