First Amendment Paper

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First Amendment Paper
The First Amendment is part of the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is our rights as citizens living in the United States of America. In this paper I will look at three provisions to the First Amendment, highlighting one case for each provision. Included are one case to discuss freedom of speech, one case to discuss separation of church and state and one case to discuss freedom of association.
1.) Discuss at least one Supreme Court case of significance related to three of the provisions of the First Amendment.
Case number 1: Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971), this was a United States Supreme Court case dealing with freedom of speech. The United States Supreme Court overturned a disturbing the peace
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Board of Education, 333 U.S. 203, 1948).
b.) How do the Supreme Court decisions in each case continue to affect the rights of American Citizens today?
This was a landmark case because it separated church from state. This case also provided a level platform for those who are attending a public school. In the McCollum case her son was being singled and made fun of by other students because he did not attend the religious classes. This case was beneficial for all of us today to attend a public school government funded and not have to attend religious classes against our will. As a result of this case school officials in Champaign Ill, decided to release the students one hour earlier known as “release time” to attend religious classes without supervision from teachers or school officials (Time Magazine, 1948)
3.) Discuss at least one Supreme Court case of significance related to three of the provisions of the First Amendment.
Case number 3: Boy Scouts of America et al. v. Dale, 530 U.S. 640 (2000), this was a United States Supreme Court case dealing with freedom of association.
James Dale an assistant scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America was expelled from scouting after the Boy Scouts of America read an article at a local newspaper that Dale indicated and quoted that he was gay.
a.) Why did this case have to be heard and interpreted by the Supreme

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