The Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.
Early Christian Americans (over 90%) would not approve of the Constitution until the Bill (proposal) of Rights were included.
There were originally 12 of these condensed down to 10 Rights. They are not separate laws or amendments to the Constitution.
These 'rights' are foundational components of the original U.S. Constitution.
The entire document would never have been accepted without them.
Amendments are not the same thing. The first true amendments began with number 11, nearly 12 years later.
Even when the Bill of Rights was included in 1787, 11 years after the Declaration, the Constitution was barely accepted.
The first real amendment #11 wasn't enacted until 1795, 19 years after the Declaration was signed.
To change or remove even one of these Bill of Rights is equivalent to removing one of the 3-branches of our government:
Congress | Judiciary | Executive
§ View, Download or Print The Founding Documents of America.rtf
§ What Is The 'MILITIA' in OUR 2nd BILL of RIGHTS [ local copy ]
§ National Defence Authorization Act or NDAA (we're not in Kansas anymore!)
§ ...Contempt for Law Not Seen Since Nixon's Day byMonaCharen
we're just getting started