Why Is The First Amendment Important

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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The First Amendment is very important to the Constitution of the United States of America. After the Constitution was written, it had to be ratified. One concern that some people had was that the Constitution didn’t protect people’s personal liberties. These people were concerned that the government would abuse its powers and take away rights of the people. In order to get the Constitution ratified, an agreement was reached to add a Bill of Rights to protect the personal liberties of the people living in the United States.

The First Amendment guarantees that people will have the right to freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, the right to assemble peacefully, and the right to ask the government to respond to concerns the citizens might have. These are some of our most basic freedoms. Many people came to the British colonies and the United States to avoid religious and political persecution. Favoring one religion over another can be very divisive. By guaranteeing freedom of religion, the writers of the Constitution were able to avoid this from happening. These people also often didn’t have the ability to speak their minds, protest government actions, or assemble peacefully when they lived elsewhere. By guaranteeing freedom of speech and the press, the right to assemble peacefully, and the right to petition the government, the people are able to hold the government accountable and let their voices be heard. Thus, the First Amendment protects some of the most basic rights people have in the United States.

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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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