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What is the importance of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution?Amendment I...

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sara212 | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted September 30, 2011 at 1:34 PM via web

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What is the importance of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution?

Amendment I - Religion, Speech, Assembly, and Politics
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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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 30, 2011 at 1:41 PM (Answer #1)

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The First Amendment is first for a reason.  It is in many ways the most important and significant of the amendments.  It is the First Amendment that protects our most important political rights and it is the First Amendment that protects our freedom of conscience.

Of all the amendments in the Bill of Rights, the First Amendment is the only one that truly protects political rights.  It protects all the rights that allow us to speak out against the government.  By protecting our speech and our press and our right to assemble and to petition, it allows us to say whatever we want (and in whatever way we want) about the government.  This right is the foundation of a democracy.

In addition, the First Amendment preserves our religious rights.  By doing so, it protects our right to listen to the dictates of our own consciences.  This is one of the most important personal rights we can have.

In these ways, the First Amendment is important and significant because it protects our most important political and personal rights.

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lalithareddy | High School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted September 30, 2011 at 8:00 PM (Answer #2)

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The first amendment of the Constitution of the United States contains this line:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;...

The importance of these lines is monumental to the matters of Church and State. According to the first amendment, the government, and by extension, the state itself, may make no law respecting any establishment of any religion. For example, the government, by law, may not force any one individual or a group of individuals to practice any religion, and it must not allow any religion to interfere into governmental, and by extension, state matters.

Therefore, Creationism cannot be taught in schools because it is explicitly religious.

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