This is the text of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution:
“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 First Amendment absolutely guarantees these five freedoms to every American:
- Freedom of Religion.
- Freedom of Speech
- Freedom of the Press
- Freedom to Assemble Peaceably
- Freedom to Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances
There are two clauses associated with the Freedom of Religion—the Establishment Clause and the Freedom of Exercise Clause. The Establishment Clause prevents the government from favoring one religion over another. The Freedom of Exercise Clause prohibits the government from keepng us from freely exercising our religion.