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Constitution Monday: Speech and Religion

The first ten amendments to the US Constitution are known as the Bill of Rights.

Here is the First Amendment: which you may not know as well as you think:

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.

I’m sure most of you knew that the First Amendment covered speech and religion, but what about the right of assembly or the right of petition? And why do you think our Founders were concerned that future governments might move to restrict rights in these four areas?

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