The First Amendment: Your Right to be Heard!

By Marisa Bunton

Do you know your rights? Do you know what freedoms the First Amendment protects? The First Amendment protects all rights that allow citizens to be free without the worry of government interference. The First Amendment contains the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right to assemble, and the right to petition.

Freedom of religion: The right to affiliate in any religion you choose. This includes practicing, praying, and all other forms of religious work.

Freedom of speech: The right to say how you feel about any societal issue. Don’t like your president? Disagree with specific policies? Express how you feel. Talk about it!

Freedom of the press: Like the freedom of speech, you can express how you feel through all media types. From social media to books, you can guarantee the right to say how you feel without government interference.

Right to assemble: The right to assemble is the right to gather for peaceful and lawful purposes. This includes social gatherings, business meetings, and even debates.

Right to petition:  The right to petition is the right to ask the government to provide relief for a wrong through litigation or any other governmental action. This works well with the right to assemble by allowing civilians to join together and seek change in the world.

To sum it all up, this is why the First Amendment is essential. It must be protected at all times. All amendments are crucial, which is why they all must be protected. Will you remain silent, or will you be heard?

Marisa Bunton

Staff Writer – Community/News

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