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Freedom of Speech Vital to Democracy

Freedom of Speech Vital to Democracy

Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo wrote in a majority opinion that freedom of speech “is the matrix, the indispensable condition of nearly every other form of freedom.” Other countries don’t enjoy the same right to free speech that Americans do. But it wasn’t...
Freedom of the Press Guards Against Tyranny

Freedom of the Press Guards Against Tyranny

Thomas Jefferson once said, “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” He also said, “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted...
Allowing the Freedom to Practice Religion or Not

Allowing the Freedom to Practice Religion or Not

There are more than 300 religious denominations in the United States. From those who believe in one God, to those who believe in multiple Gods, to those who don’t believe in God at all, the First Amendment’s freedom of religion clause protects them all. There is no...
First Amendment Freedoms Allow For Dissent

First Amendment Freedoms Allow For Dissent

From the Boston Tea Party in 1773 to the Black Lives Matter Movement today, Americans have met oppression with protest. The Founding Fathers believed strongly in a citizen’s right to express dissent, preserving the right in the First Amendment to the U.S....
The Evolution of the Second Amendment

The Evolution of the Second Amendment

“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” These 27 words that comprise the Second Amendment have been endlessly debated by legal scholars, judges and justices in...
No Quarter Given

No Quarter Given

Can you imagine being forced to shelter someone you don’t know in your home indefinitely? We’re not talking about a distant cousin that annoys you by borrowing your stuff without asking. We’re talking about a British soldier that is essentially occupying your house...