There is no, “Trust us, changes are coming” clause in the Constitution. To the contrary, the Bill of Rights itself, and the First Amendment in particular, reflect a degree of skepticism towards governmental self-restraint and self-correction.
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York et al. v. Sebelius, 12 CIV. 2542, 907 F.Supp.2d 310 (BMC) (EDNY) (December 5, 2012) (PDF on scribd)
Amendment I. (Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression)
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.
1st Amendment (pt.1) – Michael Badnarik Bill of Rights Class
“Free Speech Is Killing Us,” Op-Ed by Kim Jong Un
1st Amendment (pt.2) – Michael Badnarik Bill of Rights Class
- The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 1 (Amendments 1-10 are known as the Bill Of Rights), from The National Archives
- First Amendment – Wikipedia
- First Amendment – Findlaw
- The Constitution of the United States: A Transcription – The National Archives
- United States Constitution: Texts, Commentaries, Historical Texts and Judicial Decisions – Law Library of Congress
- CRS Annotated Constitution
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- Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation, Govinfo.gov
- Free Speech: Terminiello v. Chicago, 337 U.S. 1 (1949)
- “Federalism and the Constitution: Limits on Congressional Power,” CRS Report RL30315 (31-page PDF)
- “Election Projections: First Amendment Issues,” CRS Report RS20762 (6-page PDF)
- “Appeals Court Says First Amendment Limits Regulation of Online Political Advertising: Implications for Congress,” CRS Legal Sidebar LSB10393 (7-page PDF)
- “The First Amendment and ‘Encouraging’ or ‘Inducing’ Unlawful Immigration,” CRS Legal Sidebar LSB10419 (7-page PDF)
The First Amendment | US Government and Politics | Khan Academy
- “Campaign Finance Regulation Under the First Amendment,” CRS Report RL30669 (56-page PDF)
- “Freedom of Speech and Press: Exceptions to the First Amendment,” CRS Report 95-815 (43-page PDF)
- “The First Amendment: Categories of Speech,” CRS In Focus IF11072 (5-page PDF)
- “Obscenity and Indecency: Constitutional Principles and Federal Statutes,” CRS Report 95-804 (45-page PDF)
- “Free Speech and the Regulation of Social Media Content,” CRS Report R45650 (52-page PDF)
- State and Federal Authority to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccination, CRS Report R46745 (17-page PDF)
- “Supreme Court Invalidates California Donor Disclosure Rule on First Amendment Grounds,” CRS Legal Sidebar LSB10621 (7-page PDF)
- Religion Clause – Howard Friedman
- First Amendment, Reason
- “Might Federal Preemption of Speech-Protective State Laws Violate the First Amendment?,” by Eugene Volokh, January 23, 2021
Penn & Teller, 1st Amendment
- Hosanna-Tabor Church v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Docket No. 10–553 (U.S. Supreme Court, January 11, 2012). LII; ScotusBlog; ABA Supreme Court Preview. (“The government sued a church school that fired a teacher for violating one of the church’s religious tenets: threatening to sue over an employment dispute rather than resolving the disagreement internally. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claimed this violated the Americans with Disabilities Act because the firing was related to the teacher’s health issues. The Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in January that punishing a church for failing to retain an unwanted teacher ‘interferes with the internal governance of the church, depriving the church of control over the selection of those who will personify its beliefs.’ Such interference, it concluded, violates the First Amendment’s Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses.” Ilya Shapiro)
- Meta EE and the Constitution Part 1: First Amendment
- EE For Kidz, Episode 1: For Which It Stands
- Obamacare’s Threats to Religious Freedom, Andrew Napolitano, January 16, 2014
- Amendment 1 – Heritage Guide to the Constitution
The First Amendment Explained
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