The 1st Amendment

It Passed!

The First Amendment in Five Minutes

Amendment 1

After a long time of debating, Congress has finally passed the first amendment! It guarantees the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, freedom of the press, right to assemble and petition. It 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."

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More Amendments on their way?

Now that a first amendment has been passed, will there be any more? It has been rumored by the press that our father's are creating a whole Bill of Rights to please the antifederalists by creating amendments so government doesn't get to involved.
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Freedom of Religion

Now that this amendment has been passed every person may be free to practice whatever religion they are apart of. The Congress made freedom of religion because they thought that it wasn't constitutional to make you practice a certain religion because the citizens wouldn't be free. Now a days when 911 happened muslims wanted to build a Mosque and people did not want them to, but according to the first amendment they have freedom of religion so the governor said they are allowed to. The political cartoon under means that the republicans are sucking up to the religious people to gain their vote.


EX: Churches and Temples are now being built all over America. If Judaism is your religion then you have the right to build a temple to worship to whatever god you would like. You cannot be told who to worship.

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Freedom of Press

The press has great news this week because they are no longer restricted to publish anything unless it can damage or hurt someone. The king was able to tell the press that they are not allowed to say anything about this so the colonists did not want to restrict the people from knowing things. We will start to be gossiping about Benjamin Franklin secretly having a wig and his hair being fake! This means that he thinks that all these people are the press because there are always a lot of press, but its really people accusing him for what he did.



EX: The U.S. could not try to make the press not publish the Sandy Hook Elementary story because it is bad for politics.

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Freedom of Speech

You now have the power to say whatever you would like and speak your mind. You cannot scream fire in a building because that can hurt people and create chaos, but you can say that George Washington is a bad president. They probably did this because in England if you spoke against the king you were put in jail or killed. The political cartoon below is a joke that people talk about muslims being bad and people laugh, but when people make fun of Jews it is very bad.


EX: The political people comment about whatever they want to on MSNBC.

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Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Petition

Colonists now have the power to assemble peacefully and petition any grievances like an unfair law or amendment. Colonists can't commit violence in their petitions though. When the colonists lived in England if you assembled then the British would arrest all of them. When assembling you may not disturb anyone by doing it at like two in the morning. When the Boston Massacre happened the colonists were throwing rocks at red coats which is violent.


EX: People assemble all the time and petition to legalize weed.

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