The Pros And Cons Of The First Amendment

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There are many key points within the first amendment, regarding to the freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and the right to petition. According to the First Amendment to the Constitution 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 (“Bill of rights transcript text,” 2012). The U.S. Constitution is a very powerful and breathing document that has three main functions, which is important for everyone to know how the constitution works. Firstly, it creates a national government consisting of a legislative,…show more content…
For example, the freedom of religion and freedom of assembly are both important liberties that allow each citizen of America the rights to do what they want within the law. Since President Donald Trump wants to change those liberties by giving executive orders mandating that these proposals become policy, Trump’s policies will not only violate the First Amendment but also the Muslim community. For instance, the freedom of religion prevents the government from setting up or establishing an official religion for the country. Therefore, American citizens have the right to attend a church, mosque, synagogue, temple, or any house of worship of their choice. Additionally, the U.S. Constitution also mention the freedom of assembly where citizens are given the right to come together in private and public gatherings to join groups for religious, social, recreational, or political reasons. If the laws of America was followed by individual’s interpretation of the Constitution as oppose to the nine Supreme Court Justices, who studies and protects the Constitution, undoubtedly, the U.S. Constitution would be a meaningless document. Furthermore, our Founding Fathers made the Constitution for the specific reason of having limitations on the amount of power someone or a government branch can have. With this in mind, the…show more content…
I do not believe in the stereotype of one or few bad people making the wrong decisions should ruin it for the rest of that culture. For instance, if all Muslims are considered to be terrorists then all White male Americans are part of the Ku Klux Klan. America is built on many cultures and each culture should be protected under the law, as well as being treated equally with dignity no matter what the circumstances. No one has the right to own another person or to force them to stop practicing their religion under threat or punishment. Equal does not mean we are all the same, but each of us is different in our own special way in which we have common qualities that make us all human. Our Founding Fathers believed in the first amendment and felt that those rights should not be left in the hands of one ruler, such as the King of England or Donald Trump. At last, our Constitution is proximately 229 years old and that is how long everyone in the United States of America has been following the U.S. Constitution. Over the years adjustments in the Constitution were made because society and time was also changing. However, targeting a single culture due to the bad decisions made by a few is against the U.S. Constitution and it is not
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