1. In the First Amendment, the clause that states “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion” is based on the Establishment Clauses that is incorporated in the amendment. This clauses prohibits the government to establish a state religion and then enforce it on its citizens to believe it. Without this clause, the government can force participation in this chosen religion, and then punish anyone who does not obey to the faith chosen. This clause was in issue in a court case mentioned in Gaustad’s reading “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land”.
Constitution needed to clearly outline what the government was not allowed to do. This restraint on government would not allow the possibility of an abuse of power from the government or any of its affiliates. The need for restrictions of the government was also learned from the abuses dealt by British control over Colonial America. With proper representation and laws in hand the Colonies where able to join and defeat the British, thus gaining independence. The very First Amendment provides freedom of religion, speech, and press to allow U.S. citizens to openly criticize any matter, political or not, and not be prosecuted for it.
Clede states, "that does not mean that the government can constitutionally prohibit all weapons, but it probably means that the government can reasonably regulate and limit their use." I agree with Clede's point. The language of the Constitution is very vague. The second amendment states, " A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Never did the Constitution define or give examples of what a well regulated militia is or types of weapons deemed reasonable for protection.
“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.” (US Const. amend. I, sec. I) [EXPLAIN] The most commonly debated part of the first amendment is the freedom of speech, which protects citizens from governmental censorship. The first amendment ensures that people have the right to criticize the government without fear of legal recourse.
Thus came religious freedom. The First Amendment to the Constitution states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," meaning that an American citizen would be able to practice his or her religion without any intervention or persecution from the government, be it Islam, Judaism, Mormonism or Catholicism. Yet, with religious freedom, comes an important question concerning its existence. Is religious equality just as important as all the other freedoms... such as the freedom of speech, the freedom of press, the freedom to assemble, and others as well? The answer here is yes.
The Constitution of the United States was written to give citizens certain privileges and rights in the way of free thought and freedom. The Establishment Clause was one way that civilians were protecting religious liberty by the separation of church and state. Within our political and school systems there have been a number of controversial issues to include religious holidays, school prayer, teaching evolution and aid to church based schools. The Supreme Court has ruled in many cases in regards to these religious controversial issues. The First Amendment 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” (University, n.d.).
But, this principle is often referred to the freedom of religion in the First Amendment. The First Amendment prohibits the creation of a national religion, but not necessarily the separation of church and state. The true purpose of the First Amendment was to forbid the federal government from establishing a national church, like the British did. The amendment recognizes a “differentiation between the church and the government, it does not mean that they could not cooperate with each other”, said best by Tomas Jefferson. The government is prohibited from supporting or endorsing any religion, or promoting one at the expense of another.
The Bill of Rights Otherwise known as “The Bill of Rights,” the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution were first put into place in order to guarantee freedom and basic rights to citizens. These amendments to the Constitution were first introduced by James Madison in June of 1789, following the constant battle over ratifying the U.S Constitution. Along with rights, they also expressed limitations on the federal government’s power in certain cases, and delegated all powers not directly designated to Congress as mentioned in the Constitution to the people. The first 8 amendments are designed to give specific rights to the people, and the last two generalize divisions of power under the Constitution. The first amendment was
One of these rights allows citizens of this nation to own and operate weapons. Arguments concerning gun control should be silenced because as citizens of America, people have the right to own guns. In the year of 1791, the states ratified the Second Amendment which states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of arms the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” (Congress 1). What the country approved in 1791 still stands firm today. Because it “shall not be infringed,” the controversy should not even be present in society.
There are even quotes where our Founding Fathers put much emphasis on the importance of bearing arms. For example, Samuel Adams stated that: "The said Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms. "(“Second Amendment”, 2016). Just because guns are more advanced now, does not mean Americans do not have the right to defend themselves. Although bearing arms is a right to every free citizen in America, there are some rising present day issues that make some American citizens think twice about this right.