The First Amendment

This is the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I am posting this here because someone just asked me what it was.

Amendment I (1791)
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.

What does that mean?

First of all, this is the seperation of church and state. The U.S. Government does not have the right to introduce, impose, encourage, enforce, discourage, or restrict any type of religion. It is of the idea that with such power in government comes a great responsibility to protect people of any religious background, as all too often this power has been abused by those in power that would disagree with a religion whose ideas conflicted with their own.

So my rant here is, if you are a citizen of the United States, be aware of this constitutional amendment and what it means, and resist the tendency towards complacency and acceptance when these basic rights are infringed upon. If you live in another country with similar rights, understand those rights and act upon them if necessary. If you live in a country without those rights, consider demanding it.