Free Speech & First Amendment

Basic Information and Talking Points

1. The True Meaning of the First Amendment
Alliance Defending Freedom
To believe that the Constitution requires a total separation of church and state is to believe a lie. Nowhere
in the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, or any other founding documents of this nation will one find
the phrase so often used today, “separation of church and state.”

2. Freedom of Speech
Alliance Defending Freedom
The religious speech of churches and other ministries is not just protected by the Free Exercise Clause, but also the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. The Supreme Court has said that religious speech is so important that a Free Speech Clause without religion would be like “Hamlet without the prince.”

Comprehensive Research and Articles

1. Free Speech: Rotten to the Corps?
Family Research Council
Until the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) chaplains always had the right to speak openly about the moral issues of the day. Now, those rights are being threatened, as the administration chokes back the service members’ free speech rights to make way for its radical social agenda. That’s had a chilling effect on clergy, who are increasingly muzzled from speaking the truth or providing real spiritual leadership.

2. Faith, Freedom, and the First Amendment: The Guarantee of Religious Liberty
By Thomas Berg
Heritage Foundation
Freedom of religion is at the heart of the American understanding of liberty. Under our constitutional order, the free exercise of religion is not a mere matter of toleration but an inalienable natural right.

3, First Amendment Protects Prayer, Not Obscene Violence
By Ken Klukowski
Family Research Council
James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and the rest of the framers of the Constitution would be astounded to hear a federal judge order a valedictorian’s prayer is not protected by the First Amendment, but marketing sickening video games to children is protected by the First Amendment.

Websites, Books and Additional Information

1. FRC, 13 Members of Congress Submit Amicus Brief in Florida Prayer Cases
Family Research Council
Family Research Council (FRC) and 13 Members of Congress submitted a brief of amicus curiae in the case Atheists of Florida v. City of Lakeland at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. The brief argues that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals should throw out the case because it lacks jurisdiction to take it.

2. Speak Up: Protect and Promote the Rights of Our Churches
Alliance Defending Freedom
In their efforts to convince Americans that an impenetrable “wall” between church and state really exists, those pressing an aggressively secular agenda have persuaded many pastors and church leaders that their God-given right to freely worship, freely speak their faith, and freely assemble with other believers is at the mercy of bureaucrats.

3. Alliance Defending Freedom: For Faith. For Justice.
Alliance Defending Freedom is a servant ministry building an alliance to keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel by transforming the legal system and advocating for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.