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Congressman Introduces Bill Requiring Arrested Protesters to Pay for Police Overtime
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  • SamuelLudwick

    This Bill is Against the Law. Because he is Excersing his First Amendment Rights in Introducing it - We will not Arrest Him!!! The First Amendment states: “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.” In essence, the First Amendment (hereinafter, the “amendment”) grants four significant freedoms to the People. First, the amendment grants freedom of religion. This means that the government cannot: (i) establish a government religion, (ii) compel the People to practice any religion, or (iii) prevent the People from practicing any religion. Within this right, the First Amendment guarantees that there must be separation of Church and State. This essentially means that no religious influence shall be allowed in the making, enacting, or enforcing of the laws of the United States. Furthermore, the amendment grants the People freedom of speech. At its core, freedom of speech is the right to express opinions without being punished or being subjected to censorship because of those opinions. The government cannot prevent someone from expressing an opinion that the government does not agree with. For example, as much as a president may not like criticism that he or she receives from the media, they cannot shut down or punish the media for those expressed opinions, so long as the opinions are not objectively defamatory. Importantly, free speech includes verbal and non-verbal communications. The First Amendment also gives the People the right to peaceably assemble. This means that the People have a right to join together (e.g., rallies, meetings, etc.) to show support for or opposition to an issue of public policy, among other topics.

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