Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 25, 2012

Americans protective of 1st freedoms

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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.

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Gene Policinski is senior vice president and executive director of the First Amendment Center in Nashville, Tenn. Contact him at gpolicinski@fac.org.

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