first amendment

freedom of religion, speech, press+assembly.


  • freedom of religion, speech, press+assembly
  • there are limits
  • you can't say something that causes harm. (such as yelling bomb in an airport)

freedom of speech

you can say whatever you want. but, it has its limits. such as slander and libel which means you cant harm someone. such as yelling fire in a movie theatre or bomb in a airport.

historical- Thomas Jefferson, James Madison secures passage of the Bill of Rights, which includes the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. they believed that without freedom of speech, the silence will be led to death.

current use- Over the years, the courts have decided that a few other public interests for example, national security, justice or personal safety — override freedom of speech.

explanation-There are no simple rules for determining when speech should be limited, but there are some general tests that help.

opinion-i think that without this amendment, people would break the law, or it would lead to death.

freedom of speech gives you the right to say what you want, although it has limits.

freedom of religion

the government must protect your beliefs of your religion.

historical-Historically freedom of religion has been used to refer to the tolerance of different theological systems of belief, while freedom of worship has been defined as freedom of individual action. Each of these have existed to varying degrees. While many countries have accepted some form of religious freedom, this has also often been limited. there has been little tolerance of muslim religion. there has also been many wars involving religion.

current use-The countries with the largest populations in the world, India and China, are among the worst offenders in social harassment or government restrictions on religion.

freedom of press

Explanation-the right to publish newspapers, magazines, and other printed matter without governmental restriction and subject.

Historical- 1735-New York journalist John Peter Zenger publishes editorials critical of the British colonial ruling establishment, prompting his arrest on charges of seditious libel. Alexander Hamilton, who persuades the jury to throw out the charges, defends him in court.

Current use-Today, governments and organizations around the globe are celebrating world press freedom Day.

Opinion-I thinks that freedom of press is reasonable and I agree with it. If they didn’t have it, there wouldn’t be as much newspapers as there is now.

freedom of assemble

explanation-The right to form groups, to organise and to assemble together with the aim of addressing issues of common concern is a human right. The ability to organise is an important means by which citizens can influence their governments and leaders.

historical-Two days after the death of the reform-minded former Communist Party General Secretary Hu Yaobang on 15 April 1989, a group of about 600 young teachers and students laid a wreath for him in Tiananmen Square,

current issues-In May 1970, students protesting the bombing of Cambodia clashed with the Ohio National Guard and four students were killed. (as recent as i could find)

opinion- i agree with this. i think that it influences people to form groups and make a change.

freedom of petition

explanation-The First Amendment protects the right of citizens to petition the Government for a redress of grievances without the fear of reprisals. In other words, the law protects your right to criticize the government and its public officials, so long as the criticism is not libelous.

historical-The actual concept of petitioning the government as far back as the Magna Carta, one of the first documented formal legal systems that was composed by Kingdom of England in 1215.

current use- these are just some current examples include the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement, the women's movement, the labor movement.

opinion-I think that its a good thing because then they can agree on what someone is signing.

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the first amendment!


  • the first amendment protects the right of American religion.
  • also protects freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
  • also protects the expression of ideas, in newspapers, books, radios, etc.
  • the government is not subjected to prior restraint, another words, the government cant censor information before it is published or broadcasted.
  • finally, the government protects the right to criticize government officials and their actions (politics).