A Student’s View on the 1st Amendment – Alyssa and Hannah

The First Amendment (Amendment 1); an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights, prohibiting Congress from interfering with freedom of religion, speech, assembly, or petition.

To me (Alyssa), the first amendment means being able to say anything you want to say, without getting in trouble, as long as it is appropriate and has nothing to do with anything racial, harmful or sexual to a person or persons. In this government many people say a lot of things and get away with it.  Sure, I guess they have the right to say gross and rude things to another person, but is it really necessary?

You have the freedom to choose what religion you have.  If you believe in God. If you don’t. If you are a Christian, Baptist, and so on. Nobody in this entire world can make you believe in something that you don’t want to, so why would we not have freedom of religion?  If we did not there would not be a single person in this world who would all truly believe in or have the same religion. Not everyone would be set in those ways.

Freedom of petition means we, the people, have the right to come together as people in public areas and discuss, promote or defend our ideas and just hang out in the public. There is not really anything that the law or anyone can do about you going to public places, as long as what you are doing is legal.

To me (Hannah) the first amendment means I am able to believe what I want to believe, say what I want to say, and do what I want to do as long as it is not hurting anyone. I believe over the years, people have taken the first amendment out of hand. As an example, when people stand on the American flag and talk bad about America when they are living there. I do not think they should be able to do that.

Freedom of speech is a big thing to me, and that is why a lot of people love America. In China, You are not able to talk about your beliefs, even if you do not believe in the way everyone else does. We should be able to believe in what we were taught without getting prosecuted for it. Petition of the government for a redress of grievances means we are able to agree and disagree with the government as long as we are not doing anything illegal or harmful to anyone. We also have the right to tell them how we feel about anything the government is doing we like or dislike. The government has too much control over us.

Lastly, the right of the people to peacefully assemble means we have the right to come together in what we believe in, this being done at parks, houses, churches, or anywhere the people in that group want to meet. This could go anywhere from your religious beliefs and political beliefs to just meeting up in the park with your friends to talk about your day, or anything you want to talk about.

We both have the same views on our political views, and think this year’s election is not going be as good as the previous ones, the nominees this year is not the kind of people who would be able to handle the power(s) a president receives or be capable to make laws without causing trouble for us Americans. Therefore, we would vote for none of the nominates.

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