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Tweeting the Constitution

I have watched with great interest and concern over the last few years as the Constitution of the United States, one of man’s most brilliant developments and the foundation of all that we as Americans are as a people, a nation and a state — is used as a cover for some particular political and ideological concerns and then discarded when it conflicts with other particular political and ideological concerns.

The recent case of the Ground Zero Mosque has been the most demonstrative of this concern, as both sides have used some parts of the Constitution to advance their cause while ignoring other parts.

As a result, I have decided that starting today, I am going to tweet the entire Constitution, starting with the Bill of Rights and Amendments.

While I expect that this will be an exercise futility, as my desired goal of people reading the Constitution before throwing around its contents like al dente pasta and seeing if it sticks is in direct contravention to the psychological make-ups of the people intended to effect, I nonetheless consider it an important and useful act.

So without further ado…

Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791.

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.

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  1. Angela
    August 15, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I think it’s great that you are going to be tweeting the amendments. I believe that there are many Americans who don’t even know them, and you can enlighten them.

    With regard to the Ground Zero Mosque, I believe that it shouldn’t be put right on the site, but if it’s not right on the site than I don’t see the big deal honestly. I find it more odd that our President was celebrating Ramadan, than they might put a Mosque near Ground Zero.

  2. August 15, 2010 at 10:03 am

    But why is it wrong to have a mosque there? Is it because all Muslims are terrorists? Because that is what is implied by opposing a mosque. Would there be such emotional animosity if a church were being built there?

    As for President Obama speaking at the iftar dinner, it is a tradition begun by President Bush in 2003. Interesting that no one said anything about his celebrating Ramadan…

  1. August 15, 2010 at 11:58 am

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