8 Facts About First Amendment

1. The First Amendment applies to all branches of government, including legislatures, courts, juries, and executive officials and agencies.

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2. The First Amendment applies to all levels of government, including public schools.

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3. The First Amendment limits what government in its various forms can do to restrict speech.

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4. The First Amendment affords the broadest protection to such political expression.

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5. The First Amendment generally prohibits the government from punishing people for engaging in certain speech.

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6. The First Amendment assumes that the speaker, not the government, should decide the value of speech.

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7. The First Amendment sets out many of the most cherished freedoms in America, including the freedoms of religion, speech, and assembly.

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8. The First Amendment applies to federal, state and local governments including all branches of government.

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