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Abby IsenhartSmith - Gov 2306Rights and Responsibilities as a CitizenAs James Madison, the father of the Constitution, wrote, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…” The first amendment guarantees our rights to freedom, to expression of speech, and freedom of religion. The government does not have the right to subject its citizens to statutes that oppose their ability to communicate their inner desires or deny their freedom of conveying their thoughts upon any given issue. Furthermore, the government cannot mandate and establish a religion for us as Americans to follow, nor stop us from worshiping our faith throughout our culture and society. While citizenship in the United States provides many rights, it also involves many responsibilities we must follow in order to maintain these rights. Given