The First Amendment grants the freedoms of religion, speech, press, and assembly-freedoms to do something-and protection from government intrusion. After setting the historical context for the First Amendment, the book explores the issues that center around those freedoms. Should we pledge our allegiance to one nation, under God? Can we express our opinions when they are harmful to others? Do all groups have the right to assemble peaceably? Should the Internet be regulated? The book is a springboard for a thoughtful and informed look into our rights. The issue chapters conclude with hypothetical cases, inviting readers to become advocates on differing sides of the case and to perform the duties of a Supreme Court justice. From explanations of the landmark cases to outlines of potential future conflicts, this text involves the reader with the vital task of identifying and preserving the four freedoms of the First Amendment.