April 13

posted Apr 13, 2012, 4:33 AM by Peter Knowles
Yesterday we fell behind schedule a bit, so we're continuing our discussion of 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 continue our 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 quickly review your cases from yesterday, then 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?
We'll continue going over them all in a powerpoint presentation where you can learn what the answer to the other questions are. 

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


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)