Short Essay: The First Amendment

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First Amendment Essay The First Amendment is like the core of the American apple, the center that holds everything together. It is what gives American the freedoms that most of us couldn’t even imagine having to live without. This amendment is what enables us to speak what we are thinking, in addition to being able to worship the god of our choice or no god at all. It also allows the freedom of the press. Although it was written in 1789(“The story of the Bill of Rights”), The First Amendment has stood the test of time like a champ. This amendment gives us freedoms that we consider as basic unlike other countries, who are not as fortunate to have them. The US Constitution, Amendment 1 states, “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.” Eventually this amendment caused a lot of court cases to come about. From people protesting to others burning draft cards The Frist Amendment has been used as an excuse for almost anything although not everyone is successful with pleading it. One important case is…show more content…
One being the issue of whether drivers are allowed to warn other drives of speed traps ahead or not. This case was taken to court and the judge ruled in favor of the people, saying that warning each other is using their freedom of speech ("Federal Judge Rules Drivers Allowed to Flash Headlights to Warn of Speed Traps"). Another recent case happened within the Air Force when taking oath. One man who was an atheist refused to say ‘God’ in the oath and he was kicked out. This was surrounded with mixed opinions because what happened was considered unconstitutional because he should have the freedom to his own religion ("Air Force Boots Atheist Who Won't Say 'God' in

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