What’s the best winter holiday you’ve probably never heard of?
In my mind, it’s Bill of Rights Day, which falls on Dec. 15.
There are lots of great things in the Bill of Rights — the right to bear arms, the right to a speedy and fair trial, protection against unlawful search and seizure — but my favorite part is the First Amendment.
As a refresher, here it is:
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 First Amendment makes my job as a newspaper reporter possible.
Not only do Americans have freedom of speech in this country, but we can write down information and opinions and distribute it through the press — and the government generally can’t give us crap about it.
And the First Amendment makes sure we can do other cool stuff, too, like allowing us to worship (or not worship) as we please, to stage rallies and protests, to petition our government to change laws.
I won’t go on my First Amendment soapbox, but I do encourage you to check out the “1 for All” campaign that’s designed to raise awareness of the importance and awesomeness of the First Amendment.