Friday, October 8, 2010

Amendment 1: Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression

"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."

This amendment states that the right to freedom of speech, religion, press, and assembly is open to all. The government cannot prohibit someone from these actions because it would be infringing upon their Constitutional rights.

This image describes the first amendment well because it says the first amendment is open to everyone.  No one in the nation is excluded from being able to have freedom of speech, press, assembly, and religion.

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
The Word - It's a Small-Minded World
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This segment from the Colbert Report pokes fun at closed-minded individuals.  The host uses the example of a Muslim girl being told to modify her religious head cover because of her job to show that some people do not accept other beliefs.  While humorous, the excerpt demonstrates how small minded individuals can be.  This applies to the first amendment because freedom of religion is guaranteed under the Bill of Rights.

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