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The First Amendment

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Hailey Murphy

on 27 January 2015

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Transcript of The First Amendment

In 1964, L.B. Sullivan sued the
New York Times
because they created an ad making police officers look bad, and Sullivan was offended, as he was a police officer. This was considered suing for libel, because the newspaper falsely made accusations of what happened at a university. The Supreme Court sided with the New York Times because they made a false statement.

Almost 50 years later, in 2010, the Federal Election Commission created federal limits on to what speakers can say during speeches and rallies. The citizens of the U.S. argued that this new law interfered with the first amendment because of freedom of speech. It was later ruled by the Supreme Court that the speech limits "violated the first amendment and chilled political expression". In the 60's and later on, the government limited even greater speech limits and political expression, where as in this century, courts are reducing speech limits.
- Freedom of Religion
- Freedom of Speech
- Freedom of Press
- Freedom to Assemble
- Freedom to Petition
Current Debate
Toss, Keep, or Amend...
The First Amendment should continue to be protected and practice.

It ensures that the peoples' individual rights are protected from being taken away by the government or others. The First Amendment prevented many serious and dangerous physical conflicts/ arguments between the people and the government. It allows us to be able to do everyday things.

- Removing the First Amendment would have to change the other amendments.
- The United States of America would be completely different with the First Amendment removed.
- The First Amendment does not have to be amended because it covers the basic rights people wanted and needed.

One scenario in which the first amendment's freedoms are guaranteed would be a political protest. For example, in a political protest, the citizens are practicing their freedom of speech and can assemble as a group. They can also take these to a farther level and petition the government if they feel.
the first Amendment
by: the quesadillas

Freedoms and Rights
supreme court cases
Why was it important?
The First Amendment is one of the most important amendments in the Bill of Rights. It protected the rights that the colonist did not have when Britain was in control. The colonist feared that these rights and freedoms would be taken away if they had a strong, central government. Protecting these rights lead to the country and government we have now. Without the First Amendment, each state would have their own government. It also prevents many dangerous conflicts.
Rights come with responsibilities.

*Freedom of Speech and to Petition can be used to speak out or challenge acts or laws that are wrong by using peaceful protests, petitions, or letters. Freedom of Speech is also abused a lot by profanity and violence.
*Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Press shouldn't be used to insult or offend others. People should choose their words wisely and be aware of what photos they post. When a person use someone else's work for their own, they should credit the person's work.
*Freedom of Petition and to Assemble should be used to help the country and the citizens better. It shouldn't be used for silly reasons or unnecessary changes.
( Jenna Reitenbach, Hailey Murphy, Darlene Delos Santos,
Nate Simmons, and Daniel Amon)

“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.”


The First Amendment:
On Thursday January 24, thousands of people (mainly young people) gathered in the Mall of Washington DC to participate in the March for Life protest. The March for Life is a protest restricting women from having access to abortion. Women have the right whether to have or not to have an abortion. The protesters believe that through prayer, abortion can be stopped.

The First Amendment protects the protesters' rights to protest and demand for change.
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