2010-07-28 / Opinion

Protect Freedoms

Every day, Americans enjoy complaining about the government. We grouse and grumble that taxes are too high, that the services government provides are inadequate, and it’s the fault of the other political party.

In some countries, that kind of talk earns a trip to police headquarters, or perhaps even a bullet to the head.

When Americans worship, we do so in a variety of places, from churches to synagogues to mosques. In some countries, worshiping at the wrong place or saying prayers to the wrong God earns a trip to police headquarters, a concentration camp, or even a shallow grave.

Our privileges come to us through the First Amendment, the first change made to our nation’s constitution. In addition to freedom of speech and freedom of religion, the First Amendment also guarantees the right to assemble, the right to an uncensored press, and the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.

Our freedoms are precious gifts that must be guarded against those who would attack, either by trying to wipe them away wholesale, or even worse, chipping away at them a little at a time.

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