Where Does the Right to Freedom of Speech Come From?
The U.S. Constitution established America's national government and fundamental laws, and guaranteed certain basic rights for its citizens. The Constitution has some amendments called the Bill of Rights. The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices. It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely. It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peacefully and to petition their government.