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What is the First Amendment?
The First Amendment is an amendment to the US Constitution that forbids Congress from making any law that discriminates against any religion or that restricts freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right to assemble, or the right to protest.
The Constitution of the United States is the document that serves as the fundamental law of the country. An amendment is a change to something. An amendment to the Constitution is any text added to the original document since its ratification in 1788. The Constitution has been amended 27 times in American history.
The entire text of the First Amendment reads:
“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 Amendment has one detail that many Americans get wrong or misunderstand. This amendment only protects your freedom of speech from being restricted by the government or an organization funded by the government. Private businesses, such as Twitter, Wal-Mart, and the Walt Disney Company, can and often do restrict your speech or expression if they believe it could harm their business.
Why is First Amendment important?
The First Amendment is one of 10 amendments included in the Bill of Rights, a set of 10 amendments added to the Constitution almost immediately after that document was put into law. On December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified by the required three-fourths of the state legislatures and added to the Constitution.
In general, Americans are free to say or do almost anything they want without fear of being censored or punished by the government. There are exceptions, however. For example, illegal speech is not allowed. This includes credible seditious or treasonous speech or credible threats against another person. Similarly, speech or actions that could cause harm to other people are also not protected.
Many Americans consider the First Amendment to be one of the most important amendments. Thanks to the First Amendment, Americans are free to express themselves and their opinions without fearing that the government will punish them. The First Amendment also allows citizens to freely protest against and criticize the government, which is crucial to ensuring a free and just democracy.
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The First Amendment, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights, was written by James Madison. Madison would go on to be the fourth president of the United States and today is considered one of the Founding Fathers.
What are real-life examples of First Amendment?
The First Amendment forbids the government from preventing peaceful protests such as this one held in June 2020:
no riot, no looting, did not block the streets, left no trash, assigned medics, lawyers, peacekeepers, & volunteers the entire route with water/snack stations.
ALL LED AND ORGANIZED BY TEENS/COLLEGE STUDENTS. Garden Grove showed us what a peaceful protest looks like. pic.twitter.com/gLsikz4evg
— Annie Tran (@annievtrann) June 4, 2020
Americans love the First Amendment, although many mistakenly believe it protects their speech from being restricted by private companies.
SCOTUS has issued all its decisions today. Nothing yet on Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, which will determine whether a taxpayer-funded foster care agency has a First Amendment right to reject same-sex couples.
— Chris Johnson (@chrisjohnson82) March 4, 2021
Reminder that the first amendment means the government can't silence you. Twitter, your employer, your neighbors and that person you insulted are not the government.
— Cyrus🔞 (@CyrusVGZ) March 1, 2021
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According to the First Amendment, the US government cannot make a law that establishes Christianity as the national religion.
How to use First Amendment in a sentence
The lawmakers’ action is an affront to this fundamental First Amendment freedom.In Tennessee, GOP senators seek to ban protests during anthem, raising legal concerns|Glynn A. Hill|February 25, 2021|Washington Post
Creating such a list would raise legitimate First Amendment concerns because it could potentially be used to target political dissidents on both the left and the right.Labeling groups like the Proud Boys “domestic terrorists” won’t fix anything|Nicole Narea|February 19, 2021|Vox
It’s your First Amendment right to access open-sourced information.A guide to being an ethical online investigator|Tanya Basu|January 14, 2021|MIT Technology Review
This is not about First Amendment rights, which some claim, rather the actions of their graduates trying to overturn a basic tenet of our democracy, the right to vote and have your vote counted.Harvard, Stanford, Yale: Denounce sedition of your graduates|Peter Rosenstein|January 14, 2021|Washington Blade
It is companies’ First Amendment rights that enable them to curate their platforms as they see fit.Users, not tech executives, should decide what constitutes free speech online|Amy Nordrum|January 9, 2021|MIT Technology Review
Fluoride first entered an American water supply through a rather inelegant technocratic scheme.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers|Michael Schulson|July 27, 2016|DAILY BEAST
In the first episode, an officer is shown video of himself shooting and killing a man.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops|Melissa Leon|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But since those rosy scenarios were first floated, the California political scene has grown more crowded.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Eric Garcetti succeeded Villaraigosa and has received high marks in his first year and a half on the job.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He sees himself as the first Muslim president of all Europe.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This is the first and principal point at which we can stanch the wastage of teaching energy that now goes on.
He was converted and baptized, and was the first Hebrew instructor at Harvard college.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
And I have not had the first morsel of food prepared from this grain offered me since I reached the shores of Europe.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
Now first we shall want our pupil to understand, speak, read and write the mother tongue well.
In treble, second and fourth, the first change is a dodge behind; and the second time the treble leads, there's a double Bob.Tintinnalogia, or, the Art of Ringing|Richard Duckworth and Fabian Stedman
Cultural definitions for First Amendment (1 of 2)
The first article of the Bill of Rights. It forbids Congress from tampering with the freedoms of religion, speech, assembly, and the press.
Cultural definitions for First Amendment (2 of 2)
An amendment to the United States Constitution guaranteeing the rights of free expression and action that are fundamental to democratic government. These rights include freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech. The government is empowered, however, to restrict these freedoms if expression threatens to be destructive. Argument over the extent of First Amendment freedoms has often reached the Supreme Court. (See clear and present danger, libel, and obscenity.)