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    Study: One in 1,000 Know First Amendment

    Headline and Article from the AP Wire.
    interesting link at the end of article.

    Is this scary ?
    22 percent of Americans could name all five Simpson family members, compared with just one in 1,000 people who could name all five First Amendment freedoms.

    more people could name the three "American Idol" judges than identify three First Amendment rights.

    About one in five people thought the right to own a pet was protected,
    Hopefully most American Cyburbians know the 5 freedoms in the 1st Amendment.
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    Damn, I could only think of four To be fair, I could only think of four of the Simpsons. What's the baby's name?

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    Heh.. the ones I remember of your constitution are the right to bear arms (so it's illegal to chop them off ) and the freedom of speech...

    Don't ask me anything about our constitution... because It's a mystery.... gubmint likes to keeps us uninformed....

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    I'm ashamed that I can't name them all either.
    Not something I've gone out of my way lately to memorize..
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    Kinda arbitrary isn't it? There are a lot of rights floating around those ten amendments, plus others like the 14th. It's not at all suprising that most non-legally-trained people wouldn't be able to pull up the five from their grade school social studies class that happen to be in the first one when pressed.
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    I knew 4 out of the 5 parts. Whoever remembers that 5th part anyway? And I guess free expression is covered under free speech?

    But it's pretty sad if you can't remember at least half.
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    Quote Originally posted by jordanb
    Kinda arbitrary isn't it? There are a lot of rights floating around those ten amendments, plus others like the 14th. It's not at all suprising that most non-legally-trained people wouldn't be able to pull up the five from their grade school social studies class that happen to be in the first one when pressed.
    I agree, it seems like a study designed to create a headline that makes people look stupid. Lots of people know their basic constitutional rights even if they don't know which article they fall under. And just because someone can't name them, but can remember Simon Cowell's name doesn't mean that they value American Idol over their personal freedoms.

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    Still, though, the First Amendment is the easy one. Any American should be able to name four out of five. The right to petition the government might slip your mind, but the others are fundamental rights.
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    Albert Einstein said:
    "I don't waste brain space memorizing things I can look up,"
    and I've always lived by the same outlook.

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    Quote Originally posted by CosmicMojo
    Albert Einstein said:
    "I don't waste brain space memorizing things I can look up,"
    and I've always lived by the same outlook.
    You scooped me by about a minute. I was thinking much the same thing. The important thing in life is that one understands the underlying principle behind anything. Facts/data can always be recorded/stored and recalled as necessary.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister
    You scooped me by about a minute.
    HA HA, I have the advantage of being temporarily unemployed, so after checking job websites, I have WAY too much time to post!

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    The mnemonic for it is SARPP: Speech, Assembly, Religion, Petition, Press. But they don't appear in that order.
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