The Significance of the First Amendment in the United States Constitution

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The First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects citizens' rights to freedom of religion, speech, assembly, and petition. It was ratified on December 15, 1791, along with nine other amendments to the Constitution known collectively as the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits Congress from making laws that would establish a national religion or prohibit free exercise of religion. It also protects citizens' right to free speech, including freedom of the press and freedom to peaceably assemble. Lastly, it gives citizens the right to petition their government for redress of grievances.