April 12

posted Apr 12, 2012, 6:42 AM by Peter Knowles
Yesterday we discussed the concept of Freedom of Religion as it exists in the First Amendment: 
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…

Today we'll look at how it has played out when challenged by people who believed that the government has not remained in the "middle ground" where it is supposed to reside.

Use your textbook to find and read about one or two of the cases discussed in the text. Be ready to answer the following questions:
  1. What was the name of the case that helped answer the question?
  2. When did the case happen?
  3. What is the answer (Yes or No) to your question?
After you've had a little time to work on these questions by yourself, we'll be going over them all in a powerpoint presentation where you can learn what the answer to the other questions are. 

For more on the concept of religion as it relates to the First Amendment, consult the following resources:

**Choose one of the recent cases or topics related to what's constitutional (or not) when it comes to religion and government. Do a quick Internet research to see what the issue was, and what the courts had to say about whether it was constitutional or not. 
  • Good News Club v Milford Central School  [2001]
  • Santa Fe Independent School District v Doe [2000]
  • Newdow v Elk Grove [2004]
  • McCreary County v ACLU [2004]
  • Van Orden v Perry [2005]
  • Gonzales v O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal [2005]
  • Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of New York v Village of Stratton [2001]
  • Judge Roy Moore, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice [2001]


3. Freedom of Speech & Press (19.3)



Level 1a) Libel

1b) Slander

1c) Obscenity

1d) Prior restraint

1e) symbolic speech

Level 2a) What kinds of expression are most in need of protection under the 1st Amendment (499)

2b) Why has the Supreme Court allowed greater restrictions on broadcast media (television and radio) than it has against newspapers, movies, or cable? (503)

2c) What limits has the Supreme Court placed on symbolic speech? (504)