Sunday, November 06, 2005

Question Of The Week, 11/6/05

Good Morning. This weeks question will be the first of a series of questions about something that has been the subject of many debates and legal disputes, the Bill Of Rights. There is no need to get out the Legal Dictionary to define each word. This weeks Question Of The Week is. In your opinion what is the meaning of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution? I'll post my answer in the Comment Section Monday night.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


Blogger maccusgermanis said...

That "Congress shall make no law" concerning these personal rights, does not preclude the states from making their own laws that may impinge on these personal rights. No doubt though, that it is a good model for the states to emulate. At the time of its writing, official religions were in place from city to city and state to state, and the adoption of the "Bill of Rights" was not, at that time, thought to overule these local governances. Such decentralization encourages localities to secure for themselves the freedoms that they are to live with.

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Jake Porter said...

I think it shows that the government cannot stop your from protesting and speaking out against what you believe is wrong and unjust. It also allows you to sue the government.

Most people in America don't have an understanding that they can say what they want, the are concerned they could offend someone. The government owned schools have failed at teaching children their rights.

7:34 PM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

Churches are to be free from government control and each person is free to practice the religion of his or her choice.We are free to express our feelings verbally or in print. We can form groups to discuss the countrys problems and hold our elected officials accountable for their actions.

I want to thank you for stopping by. Chances are you already have an idea about what next weeks question will be. I hope you will stop back to answer it.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

11:04 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Not only is each person free to practice the religion of his/her choice. "No establishment of religion" refers to not permitting taxpayer-funded churches. America led the way in separating church from state even though several colonies had tax-supported churches. Also note that our Founders were very open about religious expression: they began sessions with prayer. Furthemore, The Ten Commandments are engraved on the Supreme Court Building.

As to the other freedoms in the First Amendment, limitations exist. For example, Freedom of Speech does not allow for utterances which endanger public safety. State and local ordinances exist in this regard.

There is much more to say about the Bill of Rights. My government class is, right now, studying the Amendments to the Constitution. I work with homeschoolers, so we do not fail to study the essence of what our Founders believed.

Also, I want to remind everyone that many states would not ratify the Constitution without the specifications in the Bill of Rights. Our Founders wanted to be certain that individual freedoms and states' rights would be clearly guaranteed, in very specific language.

A good source: The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History. I reference this book all the time with my history and government classes.

6:04 AM  
Blogger cc41girl88 said...

always on watch...
i think that the meaning you gave to the first amendment was so twisted that it became more of a limitation on people than a bill of RIGHTS.

no establishment of religion refers to much more than simply not supporting religion with taxpayer money; it means that it is not created to be a vital part of the society. otherwise, people who do not believe in the established religion are considered "outsiders" prone to a advocacy of things "different" and without the same facilities for expressing and advocating themselves in both the political and social arena that the majority does.

ironically, i just participated in a high school debate tourney where one of my subjects was about this difference in minority and majority (different overall topic, though)...

the fact that our founders were open about their religions, i think, is one of the most idiotic ways to justify something. our founders also held slaves and supported the position that all african-americans can not ever have the opportunity for citizenship and so political participation in terms of enfranchisement, and that the role of women should be severely limited. at the point where one uses the founders' opinions of one subject, it is unfair and abuses the ground of someone disagreeing to atomatically not see the other opinions on the exact same scales as the first.

i believe that the first amendment gaurenteed that religion is not established in any way, shape or form, whether it be prayer during a class or before a football game. however, both these would only be in the instance of public schools; at the point when the school is private and has informed parents and members of its organization of its purposes and views on teachings, and that they are agreed upon (when a student enrolls they inherently are/do), than religion is perfectly acceptable. of course, i would like to note that i think when an institution of learning teaching bigotry or prejudices in any form that should never, ever be accepted.

the other two arenas of the first amendment i think are fundamental is the issue of protesting and in general dissenting and that personal rights are not infringed upon. protesting is necessary to everyone protected by the bill of rights as it provides a mechanism for ordinary citizens to work both inside the government (with lobbys and that sort of thing) and outside the government (civil dissobidience, to an extent) to appeal to a government maybe not inclined to protecting their rights but pushing its own agenda, which sometimes is different. personal rights are not as big of a deal to me right now, but they include the usual: privacy, religion, political freedom, etc.

david...your probably more learned than me at this so is there anything that you dissagree with, etc? i'm actually in the process of trying to define these types of meanings and rights, both for myself and school, so it would be really helpful...

6:45 PM  
Blogger Katherine Thayer said...

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is a part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, and right to petition. Take a look at

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