• First Amendment…only for Christians?
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    First Amendment…only for Christians?

    in the middle of all this you got the Hobby Lobby decision where the where the supreme court said a corporation can have a religion and can basically impose that religion on their employees because after all they’re just employees they’re not citizens or anything it’s not like the government should be protecting their rights their employees this is a contract you know financial thing Anderson just serves so they have to comply with the religion of the corporation and so the Satanist church the satanic temple the Detroit MI the Detroit chapter the satanic temple is sane well that’s true I know our religion were a nonprofit corporation to…

  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties – 1st Amendment – Let Us Pray: The Establishment Clause
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    Civil Rights and Civil Liberties – 1st Amendment – Let Us Pray: The Establishment Clause

    >>Dr. Justin Wert: The 1st Amendment’s religion clause seems to pull us in two different directions: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” These two clauses seem to protect two different rights — not one general right. As we’ll see, the application or enforcement of one of those rights can often implicate the other. Guaranteeing one’s free exercise rights, for example, can sometimes put the government in a position where it seems that its promoting one religion over another. The United States has a unique history with respect to religious freedom. As many of you already know, many of the first…

  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties – 1st Amendment – Do We Really Believe It Says What it Means?
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    Civil Rights and Civil Liberties – 1st Amendment – Do We Really Believe It Says What it Means?

    >>Dr. Justin Wert: There’s an inevitable tension in the 1st Amendment between the two religion clauses in seeking both to prevent an establishment of religion and guarantee the free exercise of religion. In many cases the state, the government itself, is in a catch 22 position as it carries out its normal duties. Take for example a state’s decision to provide workers compensation insurance for workers. It applies to everyone who works and makes no distinctions between or among those it covers. Moreover, in administering the program properly and efficiently the state has determined that those who do not comply with the requirements of the legislation will not receive it’s…

  • First Amendment Test – Lukeville Port of Entry, Mexico to U.S.A., Customs and Border Protection
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    First Amendment Test – Lukeville Port of Entry, Mexico to U.S.A., Customs and Border Protection

    [Ready for Officer] [All Traffic] [Have Documents Ready] Hello Howdy Hows your day? Good Thank you. Is that one of those camera things? Hm? What’s that? Cameras? Huh? Yeah. Yeah. Is it recording? Yep. Okay. You have to turn it off before you cross the Border because it’s a Security Risk. Uh, um, I’m exerting my First Amendment Right to uh, record here. I can’t hear you. I said, I’m, I’m declaring my First Amendment Right to film here. Alright. Go ahead and park in front of number 1 and I’ll have a Supervisor advise you, okay? Okay. Thank you. How may I help you sir? Hm? What can I…

  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties – 1st Amendment – Free Speech
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    Civil Rights and Civil Liberties – 1st Amendment – Free Speech

    Our current standard for determining the constitutionality of legislation restricting or punishing speech — which is that the speech in question has to result in “imminent lawless action” — was formulated by the Supreme Court in 1969 in a case called Brandenburg v Ohio — a mere 45 years ago.  That means that it was not until the second half of the twentieth century that we developed our current approach to free speech. But, why did it take so long?  This question is important not only for understanding the history and development of this free speech right itself, but it’s also important for understanding how Civil Rights & Civil Liberties…