WE THE PEOPLE: Congress Shall Make No Law Abridging The Freedom Of Speech
With the ‘Duck Commander’ Phil Robertson’s quote and suspension topping the media, I believe we should open our eyes to the intention of the First Amendment also known as one of the ten amendments that make up the Bill of Rights. Sometimes I think we as Americans need to be reminded of what our Forefathers had in mind, while structuring our government. I feel that if my generation, does not embrace these rights, then we will see it taken away in my own lifetime. Phil Robertson as a citizen of the United States is entitled to his opinion, just as others are theirs.
I’m not saying that A&E cannot suspend him from ‘their’ show, but with all of the negative hype the media and social media are orchestrating over the topic, it still comes down to the fact that Mr. Robertson has the right to say what he wishes and We The People can choose to agree or disagree.
‘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.’ (Amendment I)
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that comprise the Bill of Rights.
The Bill of Rights was originally proposed as a measure to assuage Anti-Federalist opposition to Constitutional ratification. Initially, the First Amendment applied only to laws enacted by the Congress, and many of its provisions were interpreted more narrowly than they are today.