Amendment I

As an American citizen, you have these five freedoms that are protected by the First Amendment, which was set in stone by America’s forefathers and is housed under the Bill of Rights. They were created to protect your individual rights as a US citizen.

These are your freedoms: Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and the Freedom to Petition the Government. The government cannot take these away from you. They are a guarantee that the government is accountable to the people and are critical to the maintenance of democracy.

The First Amendment protects these five freedoms equally.

 

“We were glad to find that most Americans still support the First Amendment, although it’s troubling that almost one in four think that we have too much freedom.”

Lata Nott, executive director of the First Amendment Center

37%

37% of Americans cannot name any of the five rights protected by the First Amendment.1

31%

31% of Americans think the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees.2

  1. “2017 Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey.” Annenberg Public Policy Center, September 2017. Accessed June 13, 2018. https://cdn.annenbergpublicpolicycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Appendix_Civics_survey_2017.pdf
  2. “State of the First Amendment.” Freedom Forum Institute. Accessed on June 13, 2018. https://www.freedomforuminstitute.org/first-amendment-center/state-of-the-first-amendment/