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Letter: Four or five freedoms?

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

No matter how one feels about this or any election, Americans as Katie Thompson pointed out in her letter on Feb. 2 (“Exercising their Constitutional rights”) have the constitutional rights guaranteed in the First Amendment of free speech, free press, the right to assemble peaceably and the right to petition the government. Ms. Thompson, however, omitted the most important of these first freedoms: the freedom of religion. The dot, dot, dot Ms. Thompson used after “Congress shall make no law” should have included “respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Regardless of whether the focus of her letter was to support the rights of petitioning and assembly on display during the Women’s March and freedom of the press, the First Amendment indeed has five not four freedoms. When asking if it been “rescinded” under a Trump administration, Ms. Thompson should have cited the...

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