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Saturday, September 18, 2010

That's in the Bible. Or the Constitution.

The Bismarck Tribune has an article on the First Amendment Free Food Festival celebrating Constitution Day at Bismarck State College. Students could have all the pizza they wanted as long as they gave up their first amendment rights, including, apparently freedom to lunch. "As students entered, they were given pizza, but they weren’t necessarily given the kind they wanted. They were given something to drink, but people desiring water invariably received pop and vice versa."
Students Allison Bopp and Sam Harris were among throngs of people enjoying the pizza and lack of freedom. Both said the event taught them an important lesson about the rights they enjoy in this country.

“You don’t know what you have until it’s taken,” Harris said.

“I think that it’ll make me appreciate it for a while,” Bopp said.

Bauer said that was the point of the event — to teach students about the day-to-day freedoms they may take for granted. She said many of the students seemed surprised at what all was included in their freedoms.

As am I. With so many misguided invocations of the Constitution being thrown around these days, I'm mostly shocked that college students don't already have at least a passing familiarity with the First Amendment, and the ability to appreciate freedom of religion and freedom of the press on a slightly more sophisticated level than freedom to choose your pizza toppings. Getting what you want just because you want it is not among the "what all" guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, no matter what the tea partiers seem to think.

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