Happy Birthday, Bill of Rights!

Happy Birthday, Bill of Rights!

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Since: Feb 11

Pale Blue Dot

#1 Dec 15, 2012
Today we celebrate the 225th anniversary of the first 10 amendments, known as the Bill of Rights (ratified December 15, 1791).

The 10 amendments that make up the Bill of Rights guarantee essential rights and civil liberties:

The First Amendment guarantees the freedom of religion, speech, the press, assembly, and petition.

The Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms.

The Third Amendment prohibits the forced quartering of soldiers.

The Fourth Amendment protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures.

The Fifth Amendment prohibits people from being subjected to double jeopardy or being forced to testify against themselves and ensures that “life, liberty, or property” may only be taken through due process of law.

The Sixth Amendment protects the right to a fair trial by jury.

The Seventh Amendment protects the right to a jury trial in civil cases.

The Eighth Amendment prohibits excessive bail and cruel and unusual punishment.

The Ninth Amendment emphasizes that certain rights being listed in the Constitution does not mean those are the only rights that belong to the people.

The 10th Amendment states that any powers not granted to the federal government is left to the states and the people.

“Reason's Greetings!”

Since: Feb 11

Pale Blue Dot

#2 Dec 15, 2012

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