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Democracy and the First Amendment

The First Amendment is the very foundation of a free American society.   Government in America may not interfere with religious practices, and no religious denomination may usurp legislative powers to impose theocracy. But there are limits. Can Santeria believers sacrifice animals in their rituals, or can the state enforce cruelty to animal laws? Can religious groups keep deadly snakes,….Read more

Ninth Amendment: Stretch Marks on the Bill of Rights

The Ninth Amendment is one of the most controversial of the amendments because it’s another of those inkblot tests. The Bill of Rights itself almost didn’t make it.   Alexander Hamilton calls a bill of rights dangerous   While drafting the Constitution, Hamilton claimed that a citizens’ bill of rights was not only irrelevant but even dangerous. He opposed including….Read more

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