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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...

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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.