The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. What the First Amendment allows American citizens is the freedom to practice their religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the freedom of the right to petition. America does not have a state-wide, announced religion but the early colonists were mainly protestant, therefore, Christianity continued through each generation until now. Christian practices are accepted as the norm in the United States whether
To understand why religious freedom has become so controversial, it helps to know what constitutes as religious freedom. The First Amendment states that there will be no law “respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” (First Amendment). This means that the government cannot establish anything considered an official national religion, and they cannot bar the practice of any religion within the United States as long as there is no danger “to others or to society at large” (Boston). Originally written to ensure that the religious persecution in Europe didn’t come to the United States, the First Amendment is “a major reason why the U.S. has managed to avoid a lot of the religious conflicts that have torn so many other nations apart” (“Your Right to Religious Freedom”). That doesn’t mean that the U.S. has been exempt from religious conflict, however, and there are many
A non religious student may not like that your praying right in front of him or her because they might think your more superior than them. People should be judged by their actions, not by what religion they believe in or how publicly or loudly the way pray “The Case Against School Prayer” Freedom From Religion Foundation, ffrf.org/component/k2/item/14113-schoolprayer. Prayer in schools could start arguments because people with a different religion may disagree with the way a person prays because they think that that persons religion might be more superior than the others. However, if there were prayer in schools it should be demonstrated respect to all
The Court noted, "If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable." For example, although the law punished actions, such as flag burning, that might arouse anger in others, it specifically exempted from prosecution actions that were respectful of venerated objects, e.g., burning and burying a worn-out flag. The majority said that the government could not discriminate in this manner based solely upon what message was communicated. Finally, the Court concluded that Texas' interest in preventing breaches of the peace did not support Johnson's conviction because the conduct at issue did not threaten to disturb the peace. Moreover, Texas' interest in preserving the flag as a symbol of nationhood and national unity did not justify Johnson's criminal conviction for engaging in political
Freedom of speech is explicitly guaranteed as a right to citizens in the First Amendment. It is true, though, that over the course of history, various limitations and exceptions have been put on these rights. One of the most well-known is the case of Schenck v. U.S. in 1919, which established that speech that presents a clear and present danger is not protected. Various other cases have also established that speech that incites crime or presents obscene material that violates the values of society are also prohibited. Therefore, colleges should definitely prevent people who have a background of violence and crime from speaking at their campuses for the safety of their students.
Explain how the Northwest Ordinance established a precedent for governing the United States. Develop an argument that a particular provision of the US Constitution would help in addressing a problem facing the United States in the 1780s (Articles of Confederation). Explain a provision of the US Constitution in terms of how it reflects Enlightenment thinking. Identify ratification concerns of the US Constitution. Identify and compare arguments of Federalists and Antifederalists.
Sydnee Mangette Miss Beverly Honors English 9 25 February 2015 Prayer in Public Schools The debate of allowing the practice of religious prayer in the public schools has been around since schools started allowing students of many religions to enroll in their school. Prayer in schools was deemed unconstitutional due to the separation of Church and State, because the State funds public schools. Prayer in schools that is conducted by a teacher, principal, or other school staff is unconstitutional because it violates the separation of Church and State, threatens the religious opinions of the students that were brought on by their parents, and because it offends most of the student’s religious ideas and shouldn’t be allowed in public schools.
As stated on the NCAC website, “As these examples illustrate, censorship based on an individual sensitivities and concerns restricts the world of knowledge available to students,” (“The First Amendment in Schools: Censorship”). Just because you do not enjoy a book or you have a problem with it, that does not mean you have to take it away from everybody. This takes away from a child’s education. Also, “Censorship is particularly harmful in the schools because it prevents youngsters with inquiring minds from exploring the world, seeking truth and reason, stretching their intellectual capacities, and becoming critical thinkers,” (“The First Amendment in Schools: Censorship”). Taking away books from children or teachers makes education even more difficult.
Following the ratification of the Religion Clauses in the First Amendment to the Constitution, which provided very general guidelines as to the disestablishment of religion in the government of the new nation, there could be no national religion nor infringement by the federal government on the religious exercise of any citizen. Individual states, however, were not actively prevented from maintaining at least de facto establishments of religion within their borders, as the federal government avoided enforcing the Religion Clauses on the state level in this era when public favor remained firmly on the side of a Christian America—more specifically, a Protestant America, where rising ideals of civil individualism were closely bound to religious tenets of self-determination. Consequently, in contrast to the idealistic, rose-colored lenses through which the period is often viewed, religious liberty in the United States during the first half of the 19th century existed fully only for those whose beliefs fell within the bounds of Protestant Christianity. While the legitimacy of their liberties was reaffirmed by the widespread mixture of religious and public institutions, these institutions simultaneously served to deny the same degree of religious liberty to minorities, such as in the case of Jews and Catholics, and in other cases even to actively oppress
I can’t fully express anything that I want and its due to the security and general welfare of other fellow peers. A lot of class work has to be censored and cant be used for the sole purpose of education. We too, students, are persons under the American Constitution . So so this extent, i can say that our government has altered the first amendment. Another great example is social media which can portray many expressions.