Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Constitution Week?

Did you know it was "Constitution Week" this week?

I didn't. That is, I didn't until I was looking on iTunes for new free apps and found several educational apps grouped under the heading "Constitution Week."

Well, turns out there is such a week annually. Info HERE.

With that in mind, lets look at one of the basics of the Constitution...the First Amendment.

The text reads...

"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."

There's a lot of stuff covered in there. With the election season hotting up, some of the issues it touches on will no doubt be big.

How far will (or should) a candidate espousing "Christian values" as the core of his or her platform be able to go in primaries or general election. Similarly, how about candidates who have said or implied that anyone not a Christian (Muslims) should be treated differently or are in some way suspect?

Or, here's one for you. Is it right for the government to deregulate communications and online technology to the degree that now big international businesses buy and consolidate media into fewer and fewer for-profit corporations? Corporations that also own major companies that the media would normally cover objectively. Does all that help ensure "freedom of the press" or does it restrict it?

Anyway, you can see a copy of the entire Constitution in many places online. Try HERE or HERE.

Check it out. Read it over and form your own opinions rather than relying on "talking heads" who tell you how to interpret it.


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