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The First Amendment vs. The Simpsons

Sad, sad, sad. There really is no hope for this country...

Americans know more about Bart and Homer than they do about their own freedom.

Before you hit the cut, try this yourself:

1. Name all five of the fictional "Simpsons" family members. (I got four.)

2. Name all five of the freedoms granted under the First Amendment to the Constitution. (I got all five.)

Here's the article, and the Bruce's Journal condensed version is here.

About 22 percent of Americans can name all five of the fictional "Simpsons" family members—Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie. But just one in 1,000 people surveyed could name all five freedoms granted under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

For the record, and so you can now dazzle your friends with what can now be called trivia, the freedoms are: freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly and petition for redress of grievances...

The survey found that only one in four Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. More than half can name at least two members of the cartoon family.

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.


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