Wednesday, March 01, 2006


Or lose 'em. If this is truth then most Americans are screwed.

A phone survey released Wednesday reveals one in 1,000 can name all five freedoms listed in the First Amendment.

The study by the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum in Chicago also shows one in five Americans can name all five members of the Simpsons.

According to the Aberdeen News:
Joe Madeira, director of exhibitions at the museum, said he was surprised by the results.

"Part of the survey really shows there are misconceptions, and part of our mission is to clear up these misconceptions," said Madeira, whose museum will be dedicated to helping visitors understand the First Amendment when it opens in April. "It means we have our job cut out for us."

The survey found more people could name the three "American Idol" judges than identify three First Amendment rights. They were also more likely to remember popular advertising slogans.

It also showed that people misidentified First Amendment rights. About one in five people thought the right to own a pet was protected, and 38 percent said they believed the right against self-incrimination contained in the Fifth Amendment was a First Amendment right, the survey found.
Some people think the right to own a pet is constitutionally protected? The apocalypse is nigh.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.


A.McSholty said...

I'm going to send this post to my father, who will likely get in a lather. But that's okay, he should be in a later about it.

Good grief!

John Stone said...

At the same time, send him this little gem ... as I was listening to KWTO in the middle of the night, I heard a legit news story about an action by the ACLU against one of these local dingbats that thinks teaching religion in grammer school is OK. He refered to the American Criminal Liberties Union. And we are suppose to think that R. J. McAllister is a real news man ... fair and balanced and all that crap...