First Amendment

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First′ Amend′ment

an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting Congress from interfering with freedom of religion, speech, assembly, or petition.
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Noun1.First Amendment - an amendment to the Constitution of the United States guaranteeing the right of free expression; includes freedom of assembly and freedom of the press and freedom of religion and freedom of speech
Bill of Rights - a statement of fundamental rights and privileges (especially the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution)
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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In his opening remarks, Post publisher Fred Ryan said, "We rely on the First Amendment to guarantee freedoms of expression that are the foundation of our democracy and a model for democracies across the world.
All have raised First Amendment claims in the last few years,
James Risen, New York Times -- First Amendment Award
Of equal dismay is the fact that many respondents couldn't name the specific freedoms protected by the First Amendment: 59% knew freedom of speech; 24% religion; 14% press; 11% assembly; and just 4% knew the First Amendment protects the freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Everson opponents zero in on a 174--word passage in the lengthy decision in which the majority, led by Justice Black, observed, "The 'establishment of religion' clause of the First Amendment means at least this: Neither a state nor the Federal Government can set up a church.
24), we're still debating what the First Amendment means in day-to-day life, and what is and isn't someone's "First Amendment right.
A: A First Amendment activist is best judged by the use to which he puts free speech.
Almost three-quarters of students surveyed say they either don't know how they feel about the First Amendment or that they take it for granted.
The two-year, $1 million research project, titled "The Future, of the First Amendment," was commissioned by the John S.
Award for free expression, in honor of his First Amendment work.

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