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License Plates and the First Amendment

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      A few years ago, South Carolina passed a bill that approved a Christian license plate design. The license plate design featured a stain-glassed window and a cross. The slogan "I Believe." was also on the license plate. This caused some problems with the American Jewish Congress and the American Civil Liberites Union. Many different opinions were stated. For example, some people thought the religion was just trying to get endorsements from the state. The same proposal was made in Florida but it was rejected because of the debate it would raise.

 

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Faith, Football and the First Amendment

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A Texas case about religious expression at a public school is testing whether a landmark Supreme Court ruling is still the law of the land.
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        In East Texas, a highschool football team runs on the field through banners of the words from the bible. They feel the banners are free speech and religious expression. This is protected under the Texas Constitution. But under a 2000 Supreme Court ruling this violates the first amendment of mixing church and state. Officials banned the banners but parents sued and recieved a temporary release on the band. This is until next year when the case goes to trial.

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Ohio court upholds firing of science teacher with classroom Bible

Ohio court upholds firing of science teacher with classroom Bible | Kaitlin Landry Amendment 1 | Scoop.it
The numbers said that John Freshwater was the best eighth-grade science teacher at Mount Vernon Middle School.
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      John Freshwater was an eighth grade science teacher at Mount Vernon Middle School. He was said to be one of the best teachers. However, Freshwater was fired after he refused to remove religious related materials from his classroom. The court madea 4-3 decision that the school board was right to fire Freshwater. The first amendment did not protect Freshwater in this case. This is because these items being displayed were not a part of his exercise of his religion. In 2007, complaints were made after Freshwater made a mark on a student's arm using a Tesla coil. According to the student the mark was a cross, according to Freshwater the mark was just an X.

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The First Amendment for Dummies: The Basics of the 1st Amendment Explained

Continuing the Constitution for Dummies Series with the Bill of Rights and Amendment One. Explained simply so you can understand the Constitution of the Unit...
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      The Bill of Rights was written for the Federal Government. In a sense, states have their own constitution. There are some clauses included in the Bill of Rights. The Establishment Clause says that Congress should make no law respecting the establishment of religion. Thomas Jefferson did not proclaim religious days and holidays. He believed that there is a wall between church and state.

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First Amendment | LII / Legal Information Institute

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        Freedom of religion is protected in the first amendment. Freedom religion is guaranteed by two clauses in the first amendment. The wall between church and state is enforced by the Establishment Clause. An official religion or preferring one religion over another can not be established by the government due to the Establishment Clause. The Free Exercise Clause allows a person to practice their religion without the government interfering.

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Separation Between Church and State

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The First Amendment does not allow a Hurricane Sandy exception to pay for the rebuilding of damaged houses of worship with federal money.
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     Last month, the House of Representatives approved a bill that would allow FEMA to pay for damages done to religious houses of worship during Hurricane Sandy. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005,  FEMA did not finance church reconstruction. This was because of George W. Bush's administration which believed in the government backing for "faith-based" programs. The vote for Hurricane Sandy aid was a 354-to-74 vote. Jerrold Nadler of New York and Bobby Scott of Virginia were the only two Democratic lawmakers that challenged the destroying of the church-state barrier for the Hurricane Sandy aid.

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Ben Swann: The First Amendment, Speech, Religion and Press

Ben Swann talks about the role of the first amendment as much more than just a recognition of your right to speech, or just the press.. it is the recognition...
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        The first amendment is considered progressive language. This means that it builds upon itself. The first amendment is freedom of speech, religion, and press. This means Congress can not make a law telling people what they can believe or limit what people can speak about in public. Religion is the personal practive of conviction. People have the right to petition government if their rights are being taken away somehow.

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The State Department gets religion

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Does the 1st Amendment’s ban on the “establishment of religion” end at the water’s edge? That question arose several years ago when it was revealed that the U.S. Agency for...
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        Several years ago, the U.S Agency for International Development spent a large amount of money. This money was spent on rehabilitating four mosques in Fallouja, Iraq. The money was also spent on biblical references and materials for Africa. Some disapproved of this and others were supportive. The wall of seperation between church and state is thought to be broken when it involes foreign policies. A "faith-based" action in the State Department is thought to be a wise way to plant strong religious movements.

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First Amendment (United States Constitution)

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Amendment (1791) to the Constitution of the United States, part of the Bill of Rights, which reads, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise...
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       Originally, the first amendment restricted what only the federal government was allowed to do to the states. Similiar provisions are found in the Bill of Rights of state constitutions as they are in the first amendment. Religion is one of the freedoms protected in the first amendment. Legislatures sometimes will make laws that protect problems with religion. The government can not intrude on a person's religion unless it involves something illegal.

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The 1st Amendment - Freedom of Religion

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       The government has little control over religion. They can not force any type of religion on someone. The government also can not stop the practicing or believing of a religion. The only time the government can get involved is if a person's religion or beliefs becomes illegal. School also can not promote religion upon studentss. For example, Christmas break is called "Winter break" and Easter break is called "Spring Break".

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