The larger meaning in that 10-year-old result is chilling — but also a call to action, to be better prepared and more engaged in society's ongoing discussion about how our core freedoms are applied in the 21st century.
Such efforts start with a very simple exercise: memorizing what those freedoms are.
All together, now: RELIGION, SPEECH, PRESS, ASSEMBLY, PETITION.
Give it a try right now. Feel "free" to go on from there.
Gene Policinski is senior vice president and executive director of the First Amendment Center in Nashville, Tenn. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.