In case you haven’t read it in a while, here’s the text:
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.
Nowhere in there do I see an exception for “conspiracy theories,” but apparently Constitutional scholar Barack Obama has an alternative interpretation.
Thursday marked the 228th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution which took place in 1787. To commemorate the occasion, USA Today released a poll showing the percentage of the population who can name their First Amendment rights. And the numbers aren’t good.
Of the five rights covered under the First Amendment, thirty-three percent could not name even one of them. What’s worse is only 57% were able to name freedom of speech, clearly the most popular of the bunch. Nineteen percent named freedom of religion. Tied at 10% was both freedom of the press and the right to assemble. The prize for most overlooked goes to the right to petition, garnering only two percent. (The chart does not indicated how many were sampled.) Continue reading »