Different River

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January 31, 2005

ACLU Corrects First Amendment (Update #3)

Filed under: — Different River @ 11:49 pm

Never let it be said that Different River never gets results!

About three weeks ago, I posted this item noting that the ACLU had misquoted the first amendment to make it seem that freedom of speech was “freedom of speech is the first freedom mentioned in the First Amendment,” when in fact freedom of religion is. (Freedom of speech is the second.)

Well, this item made it from here to Clayton Cramer to The Smallest Minority to Stephen Rider at StriderWeb, who sent the ACLU an e-mail he posts here.

It’s not clear if the ACLU ever responded to Stephen Rider’s letter, but on January 27, he posted an update saying the ACLU has corrected their web page. (Hat tip: The Smallest Minority.)

Here’s how they changed it. Deletions are in {strikout text} and additions are in boldface.

It is {probably} no accident that freedom of speech is {the first freedom mentioned} protected in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights: “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 of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” The Constitution’s framers believed that freedom of inquiry and liberty of expression were the hallmarks of a democratic society.

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