Christine O’Donnell’s questioning of her opponent on the phrasing of the First Amendment and the separation of church and state have gotten a lot of attention. Explore this important debate with these free Bill of Rights Institute materials: First Amendment Principles and Jefferson’s “Wall” .
Less attention has been paid to the fact that her opponent refused to name the five freedoms of the First Amendment when challenged to do so by O’Donnell.
It is crucial that our elected officials and citizens know how the Constitution protects our rights of free speech, freedom of press, freedom of religion, freedom to petition and freedom peaceably to assemble. If not, we are in danger of losing those freedoms. What would life be like if any of these freedoms were forgotten? Go to the Bill of Rights Institute’s activity, Life without the Bill of Rights.
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