The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States

The first Amendment reads,
"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."

This right protects a number of our basic rights. But, there are times when we believe our righhts are being disrespected and disregarded.

When that happens, we can head to court, If, after time in court, we don't feel our rights are being respected, we can appeal all the way to the United States Supreme Court.

That's what happened in these five cases:

Case #1: West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943)
Case #2: Welsh v. United States (1970)
Case #3: State of Wisconsin v. Jonas Yoder, et. al. (1972)
Case #4: Oregon Employment Division v. Smith (1990)
Case #5: Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye v. Hialeah (1993)