David Houston, age 10
Youth's Benefit Elementary
* QUESTION: If the United States government were to officially declare war, could the gulf war protesters be arrested for treason?
* ANSWER: No. The Bill of Rights in our Constitution guarantees Americans the right to disagree publicly with the actions of our government. Part of the First Amendment states: "Congress shall pass no law . . . 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." So in America, unlike many other countries, protesters can speak out freely against any action of the government. It's guaranteed in our Constitution. As a matter of fact, the Bill of Rights is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.