Our freedoms

Our freedoms

: Bill Hobbs gives you a quiz: Can you name the five freedoms enshrined in and guaranteed by the First Amendment?

  • Derek

    No law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise of religion;
    No abridging the freedom of speech
    Freedom of the press
    The right of the people peaceful assembly,
    Right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
    That’s for now. Let’s see how it weathers the current FCC and prex admin.

  • http://duneview.blogspot.com/ Duneview

    Aaaargh – Forgot #5. And with recent events, could that be more ironic?

  • http://www.lafn.org/~zeppenwolf zeppenwolf

    I WIN, I WIN, I WIN!!!!
    There really *aren’t* five rights– there are four. Look at the wording:
    “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.”
    The “or of the press” is really a subset of the freedom of speech. The direct implication is this: “hereinafter, whenever this document refers to the right to ‘freedom of speech’, we mean to include the ‘freedom of the press’.”
    If it were *not* so, you could equally say that there are *six* rights enumerated. Look at “respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”– that would count as *two* separate rights, separated by the word “or”. But clearly those two sentence clauses are meant to be a gestalt whole when interpreted as a right, “right”?
    Look at the semi-colons– they follow the words “thereof”, (for religion), and “press” (for speech).
    I rest my case, and I expect to receive a signed copy of Mr Jarvis latest book, (er… or a fruitcake), forthwith.

  • -asx-

    What a wonderful country we live in.
    I think if our current crowd in Washington had been chartered to draft a Constitution, we would never have come out with the liberal, progressive document that we did.
    God bless America. May she long endure.

  • http://hubris.typepad.com Hubris

    6. Freedom to enjoy an Enormous Omelet Sandwich!

  • http://www.duneview.blogspot.com Duneview

    “I rest my case, and I expect to receive a signed copy of Mr Jarvis latest book, (er… or a fruitcake), forthwith.”

    Uh, Zep – Don’t you mean fifthwith?

  • http://www.jetage.blogspot.com/ scout29c

    It would seem we are free to discuss how many freedoms we have.

  • http://www.buzzmachine.com Jeff Jarvis

    Hubris: You win.
    Zep: Your prize is an Enormous Omelet Sandwich. Want it autographed?

  • http://hubris.typepad.com Hubris

    Woo hoo!

  • http://www.pennywit.com pennywit

    Freedom of speech
    Freedom of the press
    Right to peaceably assemble
    Right to petition fo redress of grievances
    Freedom of religion
    –|PW|–

  • Tony Alva

    Hubris you made my day with your comment LOL!!! What a country we live in! A giant omlette sandwich is introduced and it makes CNN’s top stories list.

  • http:www.rightnumberone.blogspot.com RightNumberOne

    Now that we’ve taken the “Complete Idiot’s Guide To The Bill of Rights” test … how about let’s get all the lawyers who read this blog to explain all the slander and libel laws; campus speech codes; anti-loitering laws; God on every dollar bill; and the intricate set of protections the Bill of Rights ensures us when dealing with the Internal Revenue Service.
    Fact of the matter is … Congress has made MANY laws specifically limiting EVERY right enumerated in the First Amendment. The FEC is currently accepting comment on how we can limit political speech.
    We can certainly debate whether these are generally good, or even necessary laws, but that they violate the Bill of Rights isn’t up for debate. And these laws have led DIRECTLY down that slippery slope to what is going on with the FEC.
    We asked for it. We got it.
    ìThe only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.î – Edmund Burke

  • http:www.rightnumberone.blogspot.com RightNumberOne

    And yet, despite it all, I can now get a complete nutritious breakfast wrapped in a bun and still get to work on time.
    America has the the worst system of government ever devised, excepting of course, all the other ones.
    Whatacountry.