Recently I have been involved in quite lengthy discussions on the Vine that have touched on the text, intent, and interpretation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. There seem to be multiple views, and each individual holding a given view seems to think their own reading of it is obvious. But those views differ widely.
Without further ado, I am going to paste the text verbatim and call for discussion here. As your host, I make no claim to any specific premise, and will try to moderate rather than proselytize. Though admittedly I prefer opinion, insight and historic precedent to propaganda and partisan rhetoric, the floor may be shared by all who care to contribute.
Let's keep it civil, shall we? Here goes:
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.
Motion has been made to call the meeting to order. Is there a second to the motion?