First Amendment & Founding Fathers

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The Founding Fathers of the United States of America were political leaders and statesmen who participated in the American Revolution by signing the United States Declaration of Independence, taking part in the American Revolutionary War, and establishing the United States Constitution. 5.0/5

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"The Election, The First Amendment, and All the President's Men" Wrote this Essay to The Washington Post after the 2008 election. It's long and will probably lose you in the first paragraph. Not much has changed. "I think the major intent of our Founding Fathers in establishing a First Amendment regarding freedom of the press was to preserve the voice of all Americans along with their political, religious, and ethnic persuasions. Following closely behind was the responsibility to keep our government and its officials accountable for their governance of this country. A quick look in the archives of our American press during the past two and a quarter centuries recognizes that there has always been a bias of one persuasion or another. Any pollster will tell you that you cannot eliminate all prejudice when trying to determine a person's pure political leanings. If you are over the age of fifty you can see that there has been a steady and dramatic shift in the scope and intent of almost all media outlets. V . ...
So all this about the First Amendment an Freedom Speech, it only applies to a person's right to speak out against the Government or Congress, that's what the Founding Fathers wrote. It in no way applies to a business company such as A&E and you can say I'm wrong but I'm a History Major in college so I know what is or is not in the Constitution.
"When our Founding Fathers passed the First Amendment, they sought to protect churches from government interference..." Ronald Reagan
Contrary to liberal myths, the Founding Fathers considered religion and morals to be the foundation of good government. Thomas Jefferson and his countrymen were willing to risk their fortunes, honor, safety and their lives to establish and protect religious freedoms for all.     Jefferson’s well-known phrase, “wall of separation between church and state,” was to assure the Danbury Baptists Association there would be no government recognized church in America as established in England. The First Amendment of the Constitution was to prevent the establishment of any church and to protect the religious freedoms of all from government intrusion.1(The original wording of the First Amendment and revisions by James Madison, the Senate and House committees make clear the intent.) To say that Thomas Jefferson, and political ally and friend, James Madison were absolute separationist of church and state contradicts their very actions and words as public servants.   ·  In 1774, while in the Virginia Assembl ...
*Thanks Skip Nava for this!!! * With all this talk about ending gun rights let me offer up another feckless argument: We should abolish the First Amendment, namely the part pertaining to the freedom of the press. When our Founding Fathers ratified the First Amendment they never imagined that one day there would be Fox News, MSNBC and CNN were political pundits day after day fill our ears with personal opinion and political bias rather then actual facts. In 1787 there were only news papers. If a local news paper engaged in untruths the lie would stay in the town it originated and would not reach much further. With television a lie told in a New York news studio can be heard in a living room in Seattle. The Fathers didn't anticipate Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Shawn Hanidy, Michael Savage, Piers Morgan, Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz and Rachel Maddow being on t.v. and radio day and night making a mockery of each others political views thus causing a substantial rip in our society. ...Now if you think that argume ...
The American Lenin by L. Neil Smith lneilharder and harder these days to tell a liberal from a conservative — given the former category’s increasingly blatant hostility toward the First Amendment, and the latter’s prissy new disdain for the Second Amendment — but it’s still easy to tell a liberal from a libertarian. Just ask about either Amendment. If what you get back is a spirited defense of the ideas of this country’s Founding Fathers, what you’ve got is a libertarian. By shameful default, libertarians have become America’s last and only reliable stewards of the Bill of Rights. But if — and this usually seems a bit more difficult to most people — you’d like to know whether an individual is a libertarian or a conservative, ask about Abraham Lincoln. Suppose a woman — with plenty of personal faults herself, let that be stipulated — desired to leave her husband: partly because he made a regular practice, in order to go out and get drunk, of stealing money she had earned herself b ...
These statements about hemp are attributed to the Founding Fathers of the United States: "Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country." - Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President "Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere." - George Washington, U.S. President "We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption." - John Adams, U.S. President
For those who don't know, or chose to forget. Don't live willfully ignorant. The religious bigots claim the U.S. was founded by Christians and is a Christian Nation—or, reluctantly, say it is a Judeo-Christian Nation. But, no matter how much they screech, the facts don’t support their beliefs. George Washington declared, “The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.” John Adams and the Senate later ratified a treaty with those exact words. Most of the Founding Fathers were primarily deists, not Christians, and specifically rejected many Christian beliefs, including the virgin birth, the resurrection of Jesus, and that the Bible was written by God. They also believed that God, having given mankind the power of reason, then stayed out of the lives of His people. Among the deists were Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, and Monroe. But they and the other Founding Fathers were explicit in their declaration, embedded into the First Amendment that est ...
"In the United States, Enlightenment philosophy (which itself was heavily inspired by deist ideals) played a major role in creating the principle of religious freedom, expressed in Thomas Jefferson's letters and included in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. American Founding Fathers, or Framers of the Constitution, who were especially noted for being influenced by such philosophy of deism include Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Cornelius Harnett, Gouverneur Morris, and Hugh Williamson. Their political speeches show distinct deistic influence."
Could be happening in a Mormon cult Temple near you. Remember, the FBI found evidence in Warren Jeff's Mormon Temple of consumating marriages with underage girls in front of an audience of believers. Have to love that First Amendment - Founding Fathers never anticipated cults like Mormons or Charlie Manson.
Founding Fathers made the right 2 keep & bear arms the Second Amendment for a very important reason. When FIRST goes, we must rely on SECOND
While Congress Sleeps, Obama Wrecks OUR Constitution Our Constitution is being thrown into the trash bin of history. We are losing our government. The ideals of our Founding Fathers and everything that makes America, well… America. It is because in 2008 half the country got caught up in “hope and change” propaganda and now we are witnessing Barack Obama’s consistent and systematic destruction of our country. This message is concerning his latest bypass of Congress—his cybersecurity Executive Order that will put private internet systems and data under the regulation of the Department of Homeland Security—but the most urgent call to action is not just this issue, it is an overall call to Congress to do their jobs and protect our Constitution. Fax Congress Now! Obama has repeatedly used his executive power to go around Congress and force his agenda. His cybersecurity order is being drafted as you read this, and Janet Napolitano says it is “close” to completion. Reportedly, Obama’s EO looks ...
Did the Founding Fathers truly intend for the First Amendment to provide absolute protection for free speech? No, argues First Amendment...
The Rights and Freedoms of Americans (From: Hartley, William H., Vincent, William S.. American Civics. N.Y., 1974, pp. 34ff) In drafting the Constitution, most of the Founding Fathers believed that the safeguards written into it would protect the rights of Americans. But when the Constitution was sent to the states in 1787 for ratification, a great roar of disapproval went up. In Virginia, Patrick Henry protested vigorously against the lack of a specific statement of rights. Other Americans from different states demanded that a Bill of Rights be added to the Constitution. A number of states ratified the Constitution only conditionally. That is, they would approve the Constitution only if it were changed to include these rights. Two years after the new American government went into effect, the Bill of Rights was added as the first ten amendments to the Constitution. Congress discussed nearly 200 proposals for amendments before it presented these ten to the states for approval. The states ratified these ame ...
The Islamist third world, stone age, beheaders of the innocent think they know better than our Founding Fathers. And, apparently, so does Obama’s apologizing Embassy staff.
And it wasn't even a war. I think the Founding Fathers understood that if any one religion were ever made into a state religion, all other religions would suffer negative consequences for it--so actually, the First Amendment *protects* all religion, and isn't a war on religion at all.
Um...maybe I'm wrong, but isn't that called the First Amendment? The Founding Fathers have got to be spinning in their graves...
Remind them the First Amendment applies to everyone, and that the Founding Fathers weren't all Christian.
Founding Fathers should have stopped writing the First Amendment at five words: "Congress shall make no law." Period!
"Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney believes that "some" Americans have taken the separation of church and state too far, "well beyond its original meaning."" Mitt Romney says the Founding Fathers didn't intend for "the elimination of religion from the public square. We are a nation 'Under God, 'and in God, we do indeed trust." Not quite sure if it was the colorful Mormon god being referenced, but, in any event, Mitt desperately needs a history lesson before engaging in constitutional interpretation. Inconvenient fact: It slipped the Founder Fathers' minds to mention any god in the Constitution. A more eager-to-pander Congress came up with “Nation Under God” in 1942 and “In God We Trust” in 1956, during WWII and the Cold War, respectively. In other words: Those phrases have as much to do with the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment as they do with which *** celebrity Taylor Swift will pretend to date next.
The Pledge of Allegiance was first written in 1892 for a magazine contest, and it read: "I Pledge Allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands; one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." The Pledge became part of the US Flag Code in 1942, and in 1954 President Eisenhower and Congress added the phrase "Under God” into the Pledge. Proponents of including "Under God” in the Pledge argue that the US is a Christian Nation, at least 80% of Americans support the phrase, the language reflects America’s civic culture and is not a religious statement, and federal law, state constitutions, currency, and the presidential oath already contain references to God. Opponents contend that church and state should be kept strictly separate as the Founding Fathers intended. They argue that the Constitution protects minority rights against majority will, and that the words "Under God" in the Pledge are a religious phrase and thus violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
Ryan tried to ban women's right to contraception even after being raped. He says he will appoint pro-life justices with that narrow view. Ryan has tried to ban same sex marriages and he has voted against hate crime protections. Ryan has voted gun manufacturers may not be sued for damages when their guns malfunction. Ryan has voted against NPR receiving federal funds and he has voted against the First Amendment right to burn the flag in symbolic protest, the very right our Founding Fathers and our soldiers risk their lives defending while the government lies to them and us.
More facts from Wes Harris ~~~ Wes Harris Good Morning, Congress and our local elected representatives seem to forget that the government that they represent for us was established by us and not by them. We, the governed, consented to be governed and we can consent to form a new government if this one becomes too overbearing. One of the methods of changing the government peacefully provided in our Constitution is stated in the last line in the First Amendment...the right to petition the government for redress. A number of things have been happening here of late which makes it all the more important for us to start to exercise this right that has been recognized by free people since the Magna Carta in 1216. The U.S. Constitution was set up by our Founding Fathers not to protect government but to protect We the People from that government. It gives the government a list of what it can legally do and states that what is not granted therein is retained by the States and the People. By granting the government ...
William, Paul and James Newland and their sister, Christine Ketterhagen, who together own Hercules Industries, have no right to conduct their family business in a manner that comports with their Catholic faith. The federal government can and will compel them to either surrender their business or to engage in activities the Catholic faith teaches are intrinsically immoral. This is exactly what President Barack Obama's Justice Department told a U.S. district court in a formal filing last week. Never before has an administration taken such a bold step to strip Americans of the freedom of conscience — a right for which, over the centuries, many Christian martyrs have laid down their lives, and which our Founding Fathers took great care to protect in a First Amendment that expressly guarantees the free exercise of religion. As the Founders understood, no government has legitimate authority to take this right away, because it does not come from government. It comes from God. The very purpose of government is ...
Americans United for Separation of Church and State welcomed a decision today by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that a Wisconsin school district violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution when it held its graduation ceremonies in a church.
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Yeah, yeah, I know Voltaire didn't actually say that, but regardless, I firmly support that sentiment. Fortunately, it's protected by our First Amendment... this notion was so important to the Founding Fathers, that it's the only thing they listed above the Second Amendment, after all. Anyway, given a notion like this, and my belief in it, I find it hard to reconcile my feelings concerning the activities of Fred Phelps and his extended family. They call themselves the “Westboro Baptist Church”, but frankly, if your “church” consists of you and your family and, really, no one else, that’s a bit fake, IMHO. Whatever. The point is, this *** needs to shut the *** up. How I can have a feeling like this, given my fervent support of the First Amendment, is a mystery to me. But... seriously... you’re photoshopping yourselves into pictures so you can pretend that you were protesting at events that you were ...
"While our Founding Fathers never intended for the U.S. to be a theocracy (they had escaped just such a system in Europe), they did intend for it to be a constitutional republic based on the Judeo/Christian principles found in the Bible. This fact cannot be intelligently denied. From the Declaration of Independence to the Constitution itself and the very first amendment – this foundational underpinning is blatantly obvious." --Carl Gallups
Some say we should only pray in silence in Hamilton County, even quoting Scripture to support their argument. However, Jesus himself prayed publicly, before more than 5,000 people. He personally demonstrated that public prayer was proper. For a minority to demand that all citizens in our nation should pray in a manner that they approve of is contrary to the liberties granted to us in the First Amendment. Our Founding Fathers were very explicit upon whom the restriction was to be placed regarding religious activity -- and it is the government, not the citizens. Furthermore, our FF's not only penned the First Amendment to be clear about this but their own actions revealed that they supported public prayer and many other religious activities in governmental institutions and functions. Must the majority give up their constitutional freedoms - both religious and free speech? A nation founded on Judeo-Christian values and a history of open, public exercise of those values should not been forced to accept the at ...
"In the First Amendment the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government's power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censor the government. The press was protected so that it could BARE THE SECRETS OF GOVERNMENT AND INFORM THE PEOPLE." - Hugo L. Black (1886-1971) U.S. Supreme Court Justice
The wisdom of the Founding Fathers is lost on many people alive today!
A judge in Sanford ruled Tuesday that a Lake Mary man was lawfully exercising his First Amendment rights when he flashed his headlights to warn neighbors that a deputy had set up a speed trap nearby.
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Founding Fathers might of been on to something.
Isn't it oxymoronic that religious freedom was woven into the fabric of our Constitution under Article VI of The First Amendment and, therefore, we have to fight to keep God in the pledge of allegiance in our schools but when a same sex couple completely devoted to each other would like to confirm that commitment through marriage they try to throw God all over it and take away that couple's Constitutional right to their own freedom of religion--how dare we let anyone beguile us from the human rights that our Founding Fathers acknowledged in the grain of our Constitution
Any of you legal / lawyer dudes care to weigh in on my post below - "Liking" something on FB not protected by First Amendment ? Didn't the Founding Fathers know one day this would happen ?
this is great, my loving cusin has stood her ground as a"Ture Amercain". here is her wonderful responce to a ignorant posting. Michelle Shelli Taylor Most of the fifty-five Founding Fathers who worked on the Constitution were members of orthodox Christian churches and many were even evangelical Christians. The first official act in the First Continental Congress was to open in Christian prayer, which ended in these words: "...the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Savior. Amen". Sounds Christian to me. The intent of the First Amendment was well understood during the founding of our country. The First Amendment was not to keep religion out of government. It was to keep Government from establishing a 'National Denomination" (like the Church of England). As early as 1799 a court declared: "By our form of government the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations of Christians are placed on the same equal footing." Even in the letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Bap ...
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