These freedoms have been the backbone of this great country for centuries, has set us apart from other nations, and has shaped the course of American history. However, the first amendment freedom of religion is more difficult to protect in the classroom than the outside world. Two defining pieces of American history are the Supreme Court cases of both West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette of 1943 and Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District of 1967. In the 1943 case, the West Virginia State Board of Education required all students to salute the flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. However, many of the students were Jehovah 's Witnesses and argued
It is here that Kerry makes the point that the Vietnam war is a destructive waste of human life and time. Kerry then describes how he and the rest of the soldiers tried to rationalize the destruction of the Vietnam land by thinking they were in fact saving the people. It is here that Kerry personifies America by explaining how her morality was lost. He also used this time to call out the false image of American soldiers being kind and gentle, “My Lai and refused to give up the image of American soldiers who hand out chocolate bars and chewing gum”(John F.
It 's fair to agree with a policy that claims stringent dress codes increase the emphasis on academics and reduce the pressure of socioeconomic status; however, these dress codes violate the students First Amendment right to freedom of expression and the parents’ Fourteenth Amendment right to raise their children in their own way. In 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District upheld the right to freedom of speech of students to protest the Vietnam war by wearing black armbands. The case explained the problem that “students do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” (Student) As students, we are free to express ourselves through what we wear. As students, we have every right to proclaim our beliefs
The First Amendment Free Speech Clause requires courts and school districts to weigh and balance the need for a safe, orderly school environment conductive to learning and guarantee the right to speak or engage in expressive activity (Darden, 2006). This means that if students are not disturbing others from learning then they are allowed to express their selves freely. This resides back to the Tinker verse Des Moines ICSD case, when principals suspended students for wearing black armbands in protest of the Vietnam War. The Supreme Court ruled in favor for the students stating that school officials must demonstrate that the speech would disrupt school activities, which in this case it did not (Darden, 2006). Speech is not just considered
The first amendment is very important for United State citizens. Freedom of speech is one of the most important rights. Freedom of speech grants us rights to say what we want without getting in trouble with the law. This law is important because it allows us to express our opinions. Freedom of religion is another right that is very important.
Football players should not be punished for their opinion and issue in which they protest in the United States because it brings awareness to society issues, use social status, and even though people disagree that the protest should not happen during the National Anthem. However, it the best time to show the fans what issues they are protesting. This act of protest is nothing new to America, but it has only just become an outrage due, to the involvement of the president and many other average citizens that claim it to be an unfit way to protest. The first instance of this act dates all the way back to World War II, when the Supreme Court voted down a demand that the flag should be saluted during the Pledge of Allegiance (Sachs 1). Then time goes by until 1996 when basketball star Abdul-Rauf was suspended for the length of one game, due to him refusing to stand for the national anthem for a religious purpose.
After slaves were freed in the Civil War, a long period of anti-racial hatred sparked against many African Americans. Major spokespeople for ending segregation included Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. The first act of the federal government against segregation, a form of discrimination, was taken with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, establishing that "All persons shall be entitled to be free, at any establishment or place, from discrimination or prejudice of any kind on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin.” The Civil Rights Act desegregated schools and other public facilities, but it did not majorly affect individual crimes (Civil Rights, 1964, Section 201, para. 1). The Civil Rights Act may have only pushed for desegregation of public facilities, but it completely changed how the government viewed racial equality (1964, para.
The Bill of Rights is significant to American history because it guarantees certain rights and liberties of the people. Also without its creation the Anti-Federalists in 1787 wouldn’t have ratified the Constitution. Without ratification the Constitution would not have gone into effect. The Bill of Rights also guarantees that personal freedom would be broad and the power of the federal government is limited. Without the written rights the government could take them away.
The burning of the American flag should not be protected by the First Amendment. Gregory Lee Johnson was convicted of burning the flag in violation of the Texas Law. After a march, he burned the flag in protest during the 1984 Republican National Convention. No one was hurt during this demonstration. Cornell University stated in an article, “Johnson was convicted of desertion of a venerated object in violation of Texas statute.” Johnson's actions were protected by the First Amendment so he was not sent to prison as stated in the United States Supreme Court case Texas v Johnson.
It’s like, this is not right.” Indeed this was how all protestors, gay straight or otherwise, felt in this moment. It could be said that the first Pride demonstration was not a parade, but rather the Stonewall Riots. While this event did not directly create any anti-gay movements, it influenced the idea that change was in dire need. Since displaying homosexual acts was outlawed, anyone caught red-handed was imprisoned, and some were even sent to correctional facilities to fix what was believed to be a mental illness. An eighteen year old male by the name of Peter Price was victim of this and he was
I think the first amendment is so important because it covers the rights of religious freedom, freedom of speech and the press, and as well as the right to assemble and petition the government. If we weren 't allowed that freedom than this country would not be the great place that it is today. The
On August 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of people marched to support freedom. They marched up and down Constitution and Independence avenues in Washington D.C. before the long awaited speech. They wanted to listen to the dream that Martin Luther King Jr. had, and they wanted to be the people to make that dream real. The March on Washington was an important part of the Civil Rights Movement, including the “I Have a Dream” speech. The effects of this event can still be seen today, and have changed how our nation has developed.
Under the First Amendment there is no exception to hate speech; although, hateful ideas are protected just as other ideas. However, the right to free speech is not absolute. The United State Supreme Court has ruled that the government can ban some speeches that contain “fighting words,” and words that
At the core of the First Amendment, a promise is made by The Constitution of the United States, stating “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or 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” (Cornell University Law School, 2015). It is a promise made to all citizens that they will be given the right to practice their beliefs and join together in protest or peacefully assemble. This ability for everyone on the nation - even the minorities - to make themselves heard is an essential part of a functioning democracy (American Civil Liberties Union, 2015). Time and