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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 people peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances Many have taken this quote for granted in this country and do not fully appreciate what this First Amendment truly means America is one of the few countries throughout the world that actually allows its citizens to say what they feel or practice whatever religion they feel as being right and not allowing anyone to interfere with their practices Although this freedom is almost always considered expected sometimes the government may use their power to limit this right Since it is stated in the Constitution that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech then any anarchist can burn an American Flag in front of the White House to show true disgust towards a daft situation Since the actual action does not pose a threat to any one individual it is just a statement that they do not agree with this idea the action should be taken in stride But since burning a flag is disrespectful to this country some states such as Texas have tried to make laws outlawing this This is quite noticeably a controversy pertaining to the first amendment The courts in the case of Texas V Johnson a case pertaining to a flag burning incident stated If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeableTexas V Johnson 1989 Although the courts decided that it was unconstitutional to persecute Gregory Johnson many patriotic Americans were outrage and petitioned to have the Flag Protection Act put in effect This controversy should be an open and shut case due to the fact that it
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