Our First and Second Amendment Rights


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Restraint of our First and Second Amendment Rights

First Amendment: 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.

Even though we have freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, here are some of the restrictions on our First Amendment rights.  None of the rights given to American citizens under the Bill or Rights are absolute or unrestrained. Here are some of the things that we are not permitted to do.

FREEDOM OF RELIGION

  • Engage in ritual human sacrifice (virgin or otherwise)
  • Stone anyone to death for sinning
  • Engage in any hate crimes based on the victims religious background or beliefs
  • Discriminate against anyone based upon their religious background or beliefs
  • Force anyone to convert to your religious preferences
  • Wage any sort of holy war against those whose beliefs differ from your own.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

  • Lie under oath
  • File a false police report or give false information to police
  • Commit fraud or extortion
  • Claim immunity from libel or slander
  • Yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater
  • Engage in false advertising or false labeling
  • Make bomb threats
  • Threaten the life or safety of any individual for any reason

FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY

  • Start or Join in a riot
  • Join any criminal conspiracy
  • Join any organization intent upon the destruction of the government

Now, let us think about how this notion applies to the Second Amendment.

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. 

Can anyone seriously argue that the right to bear arms does not come with similar restrictions?

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