The Simpsons v. 1st Amendment

When Americans are tested on their knowledge of the Simpsons versus the rights included in the 1st Amendment, the Simpsons win:

Americans apparently know more about “The Simpsons” than they do about the First Amendment.

Only one in four Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly and petition for redress of grievances.) But more than half can name at least two members of the cartoon family, according to a survey.

The study by the new McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum found that 22 percent of Americans could name all five Simpson family members, compared with just one in 1,000 people who could name all five First Amendment freedoms.

Only 1 in 1000? Yikes, that is really low.

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.

I can understand the mix up with the Fifth Amendment, but the right to own a pet? Where does that come from?

Missed it by that much
Too darn clever for my own good


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