The Importance Of Freedom Of Speech And Religion

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After reading the U.S. Constitution and the Amendments, the institutional power it is difficult to decide which power and right are more important. The Constitution and its Amendments as a whole was valid at the time is was created and still holds true. Although, at times it seems that we are on a slippery slope with interpreting the Constitution to fit into current times. Amendments help with those changes, but in today’s world, it seems everything is up for interpretation. For the purposes of this assignment, freedom of speech and religion is the most important institutional power, and the personal right to bear arms. The First Amendment states that “the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment …show more content…
Education about other religions can go a long way to easing tensions. Simply respecting other’s right to believe in what they choose believe in, is paramount. If a person does not like it, they do not have to practice it. The freedom of speech also allows those that do not want the center to be built there, have the right to say so. The freedom of speech is the ability for citizens to speak or write whatever you want, regardless of what others might think (Kohn, 2015). They can talk about politics, candidates, religion, laws or anything they want without fearing that the government will arrest or detain them. People can assemble freely, but peacefully to express their thoughts, ideas and beliefs. With the example above, protestors have the right to assemble and PEACEFULLY protest (Kohn, 2015). Unfortunately, protest often does not remain peaceful. People have passion in their beliefs and speak their mind without thinking, caring what is said, or how the other side might take it. Often times, they are not open to other beliefs and discussion turns to arguments, when can become even more heated and violence can erupt. The freedom of speech does come with responsibility. Truth should always be spoken or written. Defamatory statements, accusations and false statements are not part of the …show more content…
Now with lifetime appointments judges are given too much power over decisions. There needs to be fresh thinking and new ideas based on how society is today. Often they now wait to retire until a President of their party is in office, which slants the idea that they are a politically independent court. I would add term limits for Congress and Senate. There should be a limit to how long Congress and Senate are in office. Many are in for decades, which lead to far too close relationships with constituencies such as big business like pharmaceuticals or the NRA. They have no impetuses to make change. I would also add the need to get rid of the Electoral College. The winning President is the one with the most votes, which will eliminate ignoring voters in all but the few swing

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