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Research Guide: Religious Diversity

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First Amendment of the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution
Amendment I 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.
The text of the first amendment granted freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, and the right to Petition government (1791).
The first ten amendments of the U.S. Constitution are the part of the original laws of the United States which grant most civil rights. Over the next 200 plus years additional rights (amendments) have been added. There are now 27 total. Amendments include the abolition of Slavery (#13) in 1865 and the latest (#27) in 1992 which imposed limits on pay for elected senators and members of the House of Representatives.

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Compiled by Remi Castonguay, updated by Marie C. Spina, 5/2/2012