And isn’t that one the most-famous amendment?

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006 | You Call This News?

This makes me sad: Study: Few Americans Know 1st Amendment

It also showed that people misidentified First Amendment rights. About one in five people thought the right to own a pet was protected, and 38 percent said they believed the right against self-incrimination contained in the Fifth Amendment was a First Amendment right, the survey found.

Come on, people. It’s not that long of an amendment: “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.”

Ok. I’ll admit I couldn’t remember Amendments 7-9, but to not remember the 1st? Did they stop teaching social studies in schools and I just missed that announcement?

5 Comments to And isn’t that one the most-famous amendment?

ivan
3/1/2006

…While not condoing the lack of knowledge regarding the constitution, I have yet to see,read, or hear as much about the document as I do the relentless programming of The Simpsons and the associated merchandise…

MrBaliHai
3/1/2006

Whenever I read things like this, I desperately want to believe that people are just messing with the pollsters.

Vidiot
3/1/2006

Jeez.

brendan
3/3/2006

Even Dumb Irish Guy got three out of four.

brendan
3/3/2006

Er, five.

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