Bicentennial Reflections on the Media and the First Amendment

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Bicentennial Reflections on the Media and the First Amendment

Author Bruce C. Hafen

The general theory underlying the First Amendment to the Constitution draws on the same wellsprings of thought that give rise to the central place of free agency in the restored gospel. I consider it no accident that the very first of these amendments boldly guaranteed religious freedom and free expression. The First Amendment is "first" for reasons so important as to be at the very heart of why I believe the Constitution was inspired of God. Among the most glorious of all ideas is the truth that each personality is unique, free, and eternal. Thus the Doctrine and Covenants declares that "human law . . . should restrain crime, but never control conscience; should punish guilt, but never suppress the freedom of the soul."