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Too few Americans know their First Amendment rights. That must change.

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In this simmering season of division and distrust, there’s one thing that just about all of us agree on: We treasure the First Amendment.

Saturday is First Amendment Day, a day to celebrate the document that allows all Americans – without government interference – to practice a faith or not, speak freely, publish ideas, gather in support or protest, and petition the government for change. It marks the day in 1789 when Congress sent the amendments that became the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights to the states for approval.

To salute the occasion, the Freedom Forum – an organization devoted to fostering First Amendment freedoms for all – will release a survey conducted in July and August 2020, when we asked more than 3,000 Americans how they feel about the First Amendment today. Our respondents came from every corner of the country and spanned age, gender, race and economic background – a true representation of our diverse nation.

The big takeaway from the survey, titled "The First Amendment: Where America Stands"? Amid our disagreements on everything from politics to the pandemic, one value unites the vast majority of us: 94% of........


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