The Most Instrumental Amendment in the Bill of Rights

The freedom of religion has been interpreted by many as a constitutional right to the freedom from religion, as an issue that refers to many topics, not the least of which involves the teaching of the Biblical account of human creation in public schools. The Founders created a secular nation intended not to be influenced by religious dogma whose government is held accountable by the people via information gained by the media. The First Amendment is the glue that holds the country’s hard-fought-for freedoms intact. It also acts to widen the ideological divide between those who would make it a Christian nation with Christian schools and those who respect and defend the Founders well-documented intentions for America. The Bill of Rights is widely acknowledged as the most significant Amendments in the Constitution and the First Amendment, the most instrumental of those first ten amendments.

The First Amendment states “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” (“The Constitution”, 2006). Americans are guaranteed the right to believe anything they wish by the U.S. Constitution including their own religious belief of creation, but it forbids these suppositions to be taught in public school science courses. Advocates of instructing creationism universally desire to impose their beliefs across a broad range of students of widely varying philosophical backgrounds. Their continuing efforts have persuaded some American schools to teach creationism, or intelligent design theory, instead of or along with evolution. The government can neither promote nor oppose particular religious beliefs or doctrines according to the Constitution as interpreted by the Supreme Court.