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do you like being able to speak your mind freely or practice whatever religion you want people in America take these rights for granted but these rights only exist because of the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights the First Amendment states 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 america is the most free and most prosperous country in the world but why is America different and why should we preserve these values let's take a look one the First Amendment protects the free exercise of religion if you are a Muslim a Christian an atheist you can freely practice your beliefs in America the founders did not believe that religion should be divorced from politics but they prohibited the government from establishing a national church you see Liberty can only be kept if Americans remain a good and moral people and the Constitution promotes the free exercise of religion it doesn't eliminate religion to freedom of speech is one of the most important rights in our constitution it allows Americans to speak their opinions without fear of punishment or regulation this means the First Amendment not only protects speech that is widely accepted it also protects speech that isn't popular in fact freedom of speech would be meaningless if an only protected speech that we all liked three I'm sure you've heard all about fake news in the media recently but what if that fake news was coming directly from your government this is why we have a free and independent press the press searches for truth and promotes virtue and unity the press is also a check on the government and helps to advance American values for the First Amendment also protects the right for people to gather peacefully it guarantees the right for citizens to petition the government to protest or give an opinion on an issue so all these people you see marching in the streets with picket signs for god knows what are only able to do so because of the First Amendment America is a country where citizens can practice their faiths and speak and gather freely without government intervention these freedoms guaranteed under the First Amendment are critical and we must preserve them at any cost I'm will wit thank you guys so much for watching if you want to see us continue to make videos on every amendment in the Bill of Rights and answer other civics questions consider making a tax-deductible donation to Prager you today
Thanks for your comment Tyson Legions, have a nice day.
- Betty Pensinger, Staff Member
Lee versus can there's a case where Michelle quickly the director of the Patent and Trademark Office also known as the PTO denied a trademark application of mr. Simon Tam and his rock band the slant all members of the plants are asian-americans and they believe that they deserve to have the trademark because it is not an offensive for disparaging term but in fact empowers them as well as empowers their fame the Patent and Trademark Office would say that they have a two-part test when trying to decide whether a trademark application is in fact disparaging or offensive the first part is what is the mark mean and in what context and number two if it is offensive or disparaging does it affect a substantial composite of this target population the best argument that the government has in this case is that they followed the law to the letter they analyzed whether the plant could be considered offensive in fact they claim that they went to urbandictionary.com and that's where they decided that it was in fact offensive they also found that several Asian American special interest groups declared that this plants would also be offensive Simon Tam and his group the plants however claimed that the PTO is infringing on their First Amendment rights to call their group and Trademark their group whatever they want they also claimed that the PTO has been somewhat arbitrary and capricious in granting out trademarks for example the PTO has approved trademark square rap groups such as NWA other groups such as dykes on bikes and groups that might be called the lead [ __ ] the questions of whether these names are offensive or disparaging perhaps should not be left up to the government
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I've studied x-ray astronomy at California State University, Chico in Chico and I am an expert in psychophysics. I usually feel blah. My previous job was student affairs administrator I held this position for 28 years, I love talking about photography and computer programming. Huge fan of Jennifer Lawrence I practice equestrian: dressage and collect first editions.
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