Its a sad day when a story like this is true, that most of the 1000 Americans surveyed Did not know the freedoms guaranteed by just the FIRST amendment of the US Constitution.. Never mind even the rest of the first 10 Amendments, also known as the “Bill Of Rights”

I think it’s an even sadder day when a news story about it appears in a news section called “Oddly Enough”. This should not be considered “Odd”, it should be considered a catestrophic failure of many things from our educational system to Patriotism and Moral values. It indicates a level of ignorance and apathy that is mind numbing to consider.

What are your rights? ‘D’oh’ (Reuters) CHICAGO (Reuters) – Most Americans have an easier time naming members of the cartoon Simpson family than listing the five freedoms granted by the nation’s founders, a survey by a museum released on Wednesday said.

Here’s a hint: one of them is not the right to own and raise pets, an error committed by one in five respondents.

Half of 1,000 Americans randomly surveyed by the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum could name at least two of the five members of Fox Television’s Simpson family, the stars of the network’s long-running show.

But just 28 percent of respondents could name more than one of the five freedoms listed in the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment — about the same proportion that could name all five Simpson family members or could recall the three judges on Fox TV’s top-rated “American Idol.”

For the record, here’s the text of the First Amendment:

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.

The rights guaranteed are:

  • Freedom of speech (The right to express your opinions and beliefs)
  • Freedom of religion (The right to exercise your own religious beliefs)
  • Freedom of the press (The right of the press to report the truth.  [libel and slander are not protected])
  • Freedom of assembly (The right of people to hold and attend meetings)
  • Freedom to petition for redress of grievances (The right to present your case and settle a matter in court.)

These rights are Constitutionally guaranteed to all Americans and cannot be revoked or infringed by any person or agency.

Be Sociable, Share!
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • email
  • Google Reader
If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!

Filed under: News

Like this post? Subscribe to my RSS feed and get loads more!