Introduction The Pledge of Allegiance is an issue that has sparked so much controversy in recent times. The case of Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow is one such debate that has challenged the constitutionality of the pledge. This case provokes the argument of whether the pledge is religiously or politically inclined. The paper will explore the issues in the case, the levels it has evolved as well as its constitutionality and impact on the American population.
In the case Brewer vs. Hamilton Middle School the Supreme Court had to decide if the school had the right to limit Ben Brewer’s first amendment right to free speech. The school had decided to add a rule to the school dress code to ban students from wearing T-shirts that depict musical groups. Ben came into school after the rule had been enacted wearing a T-shirt that depicted Hall of Rejects which is a musical group. He was given the option to flip the shirt inside out and refused to. Mr. Brewer was then given a week of in-school suspension.
Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ follows the transformation of middle-class misanthropist Ebenezer Scrooge, as he embarks on what can only be described as a pilgrimage- deviating from a “covetous, old sinner” into somebody “as happy as an angel”, aiming to honour the Christmas spirit “all the year”. Throughout the novella, religion appears to play a pivotal role in Scrooge’s reformation of character- acting as an institution of teaching and change. This is first seen in the extract as Bob Cratchit describes his son’s behaviour at church “as good as gold”. Dickens’ use of a simile here is ironic- the reader is aware that the Cratchits aren’t physically wealthy, so Dickens’ choice of noun ‘gold’ is an interesting one.
By just experiencing what Christmas is lik in different perspectives, can change how a person sees things. Scrooge was able to see what Christmas was like for himself in the past, for other people in the present, and how he ends up in the future through the Ghosts that teach him to be appreciative. When I was in primary school, we were ordered to bring buckets and walk to a creek, fill it with water and carry it back to school to experience what it was like for those in 3rd world countries. Before this, I didn’t really acknowledge the struggles that people in these living conditions had to
The principal had the articles removed before printing and publication. A group of students filed a lawsuit against the Hazelwood School District claiming that removing the articles violates their First Amendment rights. After some time the case reached the Supreme Court. They determined that the censorship of the kid’s articles was not a violation of the First Amendment and the teachers
Theodore Caplow 's "Rule Enforcement Without Visible Means: Christmas Gift Giving in Middletown" describes how the town and the families living in Middletown celebrate Christmas. In addition, a survey of the inventory of all Christmas activities and gifts received/given was taken in observation of the social changes and social "rules" that appear to govern gift giving in Middletown. I agree with Caplow 's message that gift giving is a social understanding adapted from childhood to adulthood because it has become part of a social system that people are unaware about. Society unknowingly, recognizes and participates in the act of gift giving because it is passed down from generation to generation yet it is not enforced. Likewise to a language or dialect, gift giving has developed its way into society.
Occasion: I was prompted to write about this topic while staring at my mini Christmas tree and surrounding Christmas decorations. Audience: My intended audience is my peers, for I think my piece is something they can relate to and connect with. Their favorite holiday, if they have one, may or may not be Christmas, therefore I did not assume that they too absolutely love Christmas.
Steven Truscott Case: Analysis In 1959, in Southwestern Ontario, town of Clinton a young man named Steven Truscott was wrongly convicted for the murder of his 12 year old classmate, Lynne Harper. Steven was seen giving Lynne a ride on his bicycle to the highway 8 intersection around 7pm, a favor she asked him to do. Two days after Steven Truscott was seen giving Lynne Harper a ride to the highway intersection, Lynne Harper was found dead near a tractor trail near a wooded area. Although Steven Truscott claimed that he saw Lynne Harper get into a car after he dropped her off, many people continued to believe that Steven Truscott murdered her.
Genesis Orellana Politics 120 Lee Corbett I never knew that the bill of rights only limited the national government, and not the states. How is it that the bill of rights would affect the people positively, when the states didn’t have to give them those rights? It makes no sense to me, that James Madison would create the Bill of Rights only to be used in the courts of the national government and not be used to fully extend to the general public. It was “power that simply did not exist.”
As a younger child, I felt like being Jewish was nothing out of the ordinary. I attended a Jewish preschool and grew up in a fairly Jewish area where the people around me were familiar with Jewish customs and traditions, even if they, themselves were not Jewish. For the most part, wherever there were Christmas decorations on display, there were Hanukkah decorations as well. As I have gotten older, I have come to understand that it is not unusual for Jewish children to feel alienated during the holiday season for not celebrating Christmas, and I too have come to experience the same alienation. Starting in September, stores are flooded with all things Christmas.
A Compare and Contrast Essay “I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year. ”(Dickens, 16). In this movie, A Christmas Carol, it is full of emotion and drama. Scrooge does not like Christmas until the three spirits help him see the true meaning of the season. The play and the movie are very similar in helping us through the story.
So the point after all is pretty much inculcate faith, not raise some greedy competitive children. To this day, this popular tradition has actually been vanishing and I believe that it will disappear in a couple of years. Well, at least it has decreased its popularity over higher classes as these have developed more sophisticated Christmases. Anyhow, as of today many Colombians still cherish the day that Christmas eve arrives and it’s their time to prove their skills, win some extra bucks and spend a joyful time with their
The significance of this particular holiday is intended to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, and to represent a spirit of “peace on earth and goodwill toward man”. Although the entire world celebrates it as a Christian holiday, the origin of Christmas is far from what it is promoted today. The day of December 25th was actually celebrated years before the birth of Jesus, as the original birthday of Mithra, a Roman god of the sun during the season of Saturnalia Festival. It was not until Pope Julius who switched it into the official birthday of Jesus Christ that the people of Europe had been celebrating a totally irrelevant, pagan holiday. As Christmas popularizes over the centuries, mythical figures such as Santa Claus are created, to sugarcoat the unfailing need of fulfilling the endless desires of voracious consumers.