PRESS RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE
      September 23, 2014
  For Immediate Release

The First Federal Bicameral Congress
sent the wrong 1st Amendment to the States for ratification.

On this, the 225-year anniversary of framing, approving, and transmitting the Bill of Rights, author and independent scholar Stanley Yavneh Klos has notified the Attorneys General of 11 States that their legislatures may have ratified the wrong first amendment to the United States Constitution.

Article the First, the first of 12 amendments approved by the 1789 Congress on September 25th, 1789, remains the only article not ratified by the States.  Articles 3-12 were ratified as the Bill of Rights and Article the Second was ratified in 1992 as the 27th Amendment. 

According to Klos, “President George Washington transmitted the wrong first amendment to the States in a 12 Amendment Congressional resolution commonly known as the Bill of Rights – a document currently on display at the National Archives. The September 25th, 1789, constitutional amendment resolution passed by Congress, however, actually proposed the U.S. Senate’s and not the House’s version of Article the First as the first amendment to the US Constitution. George Washington was the Commander-in-Chief and not President of the Republic under the Articles of Confederation, Pluto is not a planet, and 11 States ratified the wrong first amendment to the United States Constitution.”  

On September 22nd, 2014, Klos sent his research along with a letter to each of the Attorneys General of the ratifying 11 States advising “… that their respective State might have ratified the incorrect Article the First amendment to the U.S. Constitution.” Klos asks each of the Attorneys General that “if they agree with the attached findings, to transmit the correct Article the First Amendment (with their legal opinion) to their respective State legislatures for ratification consideration.”

Klos also sent his research, along with letters, to the General Counsels of the U.S. House and Senate requesting:

If you agree with the attached findings, please transmit the correct Article the First Amendment (with your offices legal opinion) to the members of the House requesting that the correct Article the First Amendment be transmitted to all 50 States for ratification consideration. 
 
The 11 States that ratified Article the First are Virginia on November 3, 1789; New Jersey on November 20, 1789; Maryland on December 19, 1789; North Carolina on December 22, 1789; South Carolina on January 19, 1790; New Hampshire on January 25, 1790; New York on March 27, 1790; Rhode Island on June 15, 1790; Pennsylvania on September 21, 1791; Vermont on November 3, 1791 and Kentucky on June 24, 1792.   

The letters and research sent by Klos can be found online at www.articlethefirst.net.


Contact: Stanley Yavneh Klos | Historic.us | 202-239-1774 | evisum@historic.us | 



The Forgotten First Amendment - Please Ratify Now!
For more information go to Article the First

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