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Elvin Clyde (Character)
from The Majestic (2001)
Peter Appleton: The 5th Amendment is out of the question. But there is another Amendment that I'd like to invoke. I wonder if anyone here is familiar with it. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."
Congressman Doyle: Mr. Appleton, you're out of order, Sir!
[Congressman Doyle continues to berate Appleton as he continues his speech]
Peter Appleton: [reading from Adele's book of the Constitution] "Congress shall make no law... respecting... and establishment of religion... or prohibiting the free exercise thereof... or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press... or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances."
Congressman Doyle: You will not presume to lecture this Committee, Sir!
Peter Appleton: That's the First Amendment, Mr. Chairman. It's everything we're about if only we'd live up to it!
Elvin Clyde: [speaking softly to Congressman Doyle] Let him, let him talk. He's just hanging himself.
Peter Appleton: It's the most important part of the contract every citizen has with this country. And even though these contracts - the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights! - even though they're just pieces of paper with signatures on them... they're the only contracts we have that are most definitely subject... to renegotiation... not by you, Mr. Chairman...
Congressman Doyle: Mr. Appleton!
Peter Appleton: Not by you, Mr. Clyde...
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