These freedoms mean more than what you think of them as Freedom of speech, religion andpetition are guaranteed the most useful compared to the other individual freedoms. These three amendments give you morepower than you thought you had, and here’s why. “Congress shall make no law…abridgingfreedom of speech.” Thefreedom of speech.
Already known to be a powerful freedom, it actually has moremeaning than what you think. The freedom of speech allows you to speak freelyand express your opinion, without any censorship. However, there arelimitations. For example, if you were advertise an illegal drug of some sort ata sponsored event, and even just stirring up danger that could get peopleharmed, would be violating the freedom of speech (n.d.). http://www.lincoln.
edu/criminaljustice/hr/Speech.htm, p8). Theserestrictions are fair to the people and government, making sure people don’tget ahead of themselves because of a freedom as powerful as this.So why should the freedom of speech be needed?Why shouldn’t it be abolished? Here’s why. The freedom of speech is a democratic ideal, and iswhat we need to keep the U.S. healthy.
Dating all the way back to the end ofthe fifth century B.C, the freedom of speech had a lot to do with the ancientGreeks, who pioneered it as a democratic principle (History.com Staff.
(2017).Freedom of Speech, http://www.history.com/topics/freedom-of-speech.
p3). It is believedthat the freedom wasn’t thought about at first, but would make a great additionto the amendment, protecting our rights to express our opinions.The freedom of speech is featured everywheretoday. Almost everyone in the whole U.S, knows about free speech, andwhat it means to us. It’s highly possibly you’ve heard someone say the phrase”It’s freedom of speech!” when said something inappropriate, or revolting.
Therestrictions of the freedom haven’t changed, and there’s been punishments forwhoever violates it. Needless to say, the freedom of speech has not changedsince it was first created. “Congressshall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting thefree exercise thereof…” The freedomof a religion is a necessary individual freedom, providing the rights ofpracticingyour religion wherever and wheneveryou’d like, thanks to Free Exercise and Establishment clause. The Free ExerciseClause allows you to practice any religion and engage in religious rituals (Ash, E. T. (2010, May04), https://www.law.cornell.
edu/wex/free_exercise_clause, p1), while the Establishment clause forbids the government fromcreating a new religion, and a law where you have to respect it. This alsoforbids the government from favoring a religion over another religion. (Carlson, M. D. (2009,June 10), https://www.law.cornell.
edu/wex/establishment_clause, p1).This freedom is needed because it protects ourreligious freedom. In 1802, Jefferson sent in a confusing letter BaptistAssociation of Connecticut.
A source of the confusion was “separation of churchand state” (Marshall, J. A. (n.d.
). https://www.heritage.org/religious-liberty/report/why-does-religious-freedom-matter, p7). Unfortunately,due to the confusion, more and more people thought of religion as a burden andthat it should be practiced privately.
It obvious that this is incorrect, asJefferson wanted religion to be protected, and for people topractice their religion freely without the government interfering. Ths becamewidely known, and opened our eyes, one of the main reasons as to why religionis one of the individual freedoms we have stored in the First Amendment.Religion is highly connected to politicstoday, as shown in election polls.
It plays a big role as it is obvious and said that people willelect someone with the same religious belief as themselves (Julie Butters,College of Arts & Sciences. (n.d.
). http://www.bu.edu/cas/magazine/fall15/america/, p4). Religion isalso compared to Politics, as the government enforces the law on books, whereasreligion encourages you to follow the law (Elder Wilford W.
Andersen, The Essential Role of Religion. (n.d.). https://www.lds.org/ensign/2015/07/religion-and-government?lang=eng, p5 ) “Congress shall make no law..
. abridging…theright of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for aredress of grievances.” Thefreedom of petition is as powerful as the freedom of speech.The freedom ofpetition is a individual freedom that grants you the power to petition againstthe government, meaning you are allowed to complain to the government withoutfear of punishment, which is why it’s so powerful. You are allowed to exposewrongs by the government, and even suethem, whereas the courts decide the wrongs.
Now,why is this freedom needed?This freedom played animportant role in Civil Rights fight, The court later ruling in many cases thatthe African Americans were allowed to petition against the government. (Freedom of PetitionClause. (n.d.).
http://www.revolutionary-war-and-beyond.com/freedom-of-petition-clause.html, p4) Now this was important because not even tilllater on did the whites have the right to petition against the government. Thisfreedom gives the states, specifically- the people, the right to treat thegovernment as a normal person, and petition against them, not giving thegovernment too much power.
Today,the Freedom of Petition is still protected, and still used today.It’s the 21st century,and people still decide to challenge/petition against the government withoutany issues. People have tried the government when they believed their rightswere violated/assaulted, meaning that the freedom of petition is still asimportant as when they made it (Freedom of Assembly and Petition (n.d.
). http://www.ushistory.org/gov/10b.asp, p2). It remains aspowerful as these other two amendments, still going strong.
These are the reasons as to why these amendments are undoubtedlythe best individual freedoms stored in the first Amendment.