Friday, March 03, 2006

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of The Simpsons?

Only one person out of the 1,000 Americans randomly surveyed by the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum could name all five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.

It gets worse.

Freedom of speech was recalled by 67 percent.
Freedom of religion by 24 percent.
Freedom of the press by 11 percent.
Freedom of assembly by 10 percent.
Freedom to petition for redress of grievances by 1 percent.

Almost 30 percent, however, could name all five Simpson family members or could recall the three judges on Fox TV's top-rated American Idol.

The most frequent mistake was naming the right not to incriminate yourself (it's part of the Fifth Amendment, hence the term "taking the 5th"). Other frequent mistake, saying that the right to own a pet was in the First Amendment.

I want my school tax money back!
Amendment I

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.

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