First Amendment, liberty’s cornerstone
“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.”
Often referred to as the cornerstone of liberty, the First Amendment is unambiguous in the protection it extends to each and every American.
It was Thomas Jefferson who persuaded his protégé James Madison to propose the Bill of Rights. Obsessed with the notions of religious freedom, free speech and a free press, Jefferson made adoption of the First Amendment his highest priority.