With having 27 amendments in the constitution, the best amendment out of all is the first amendment. Times have changed and we as a society and humans have evolved as well. The interpretation of the best amendment has been changed by the court. To begin with, the first amendment declares that:
“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.”
The court has protected the first amendment from the interference of state governments. As clearly seen in the amendment, this was only applicable to congress but the supreme court has applied the amendment to the entire federal government. According to the best amendment, the citizens of the America have right to voice their opinion, freedom to practice their religion, freedom to express their views without the fear of government interference or punishments. No government or leader can promote or make one religion superior. Everyone has the right to challenge the authority and government.
The best amendment was adopted into the bill of rights back in 1791. In today’s world, the best amendment has made a balance, where everyone not only accepts each other but also respects one another.
Freedom of Religion – according to the clause mentioned in the first amendment, people are guaranteed to practice their religion freely. The best amendments prohibit the government from passing any law which states that there is an official religion or preferred religion over another. Along with people, their religions are also equal. Further, the freedom clause also prohibits the government from interfering with a person’s practice of their religion.
Freedom to press– according to the best amendment, the press is free, therefore, they can show, raise questions, and show stuff without interference from the government. It allows an individual to express themselves through publication and dissemination. reporters, journalists, anchors have the right to publish any news or opinions they deem worthy. However, if we look closely, the press is not free at all. In fact, it has been under so much influence that it has turned bias. By creating laws in order to protect the individual’s privacy, we are limiting one’s ability to report facts.
Freedom of speech – this includes that people have the right to speak, the right to know, and the right to understand. Freedom of speech allows individual to express themselves without the interference of the government. However, there are few things that the best amendment does not support at all:
Defamation: although people have freedom of speech they can not give or say false statements that would damage the reputation of another person.
True threats: you do have freedom of speech but it does not mean you can go around threatening people. Threats to commit a crime, for example, I am going to kill you, people who say such things will be punished.
Fighting words: giving face to face slurs and insults are also punishable.
Obscenity: any sort of sexually explicit words or speech is not protected by the First Amendment, thus, whoever uses, will be punished.
The first amendments presented new and bold ideas to the world. It made citizens realize that they are important and a treasure to the US. It is the first amendment that protects their democracy and maintains its diversity. Thus, making the US, the biggest and strongest nation in the world.