FIRE Launches Online First Amendment Library

November 16, 2016

By Dian Schaffhauser at Campus Technology

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution contains 45 words and references five freedoms: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. Yet, according to a survey done by the Newseum earlier this year among 1,008 Americans, 39 percent couldn't list any of the five. When asked whether students on college campuses specifically should be allowed to say whatever they wanted, 57 percent of respondents agreed with the sentiment of free speech, and 40 percent disagreed. The count among conservatives who agreed was higher (66 percent) than among liberals (62 percent); moderates were about evenly divided (52 percent)...