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First Amendment

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prevents Congress from passing any law which:

  • establishes a religion
  • restricts religious freedom
  • restricts free speech
  • restricts the freedom of the press
  • restricts the right of the people to demonstrate against the government

The exact text is at United States Constitution/Amendment One

The consequences of this Amendment to American society have been profound. First Amendment questions have been raised with regard to the separation of church and state; civil rights issues; pornography and obscenity; political speech and organizations; journalism and its restrictions; involuntary commitment laws; and many more.

See: United States Bill of Rights, Jehovah's Witnesses, antidisestablishmentarianism, Lemon test

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