• Tinker v. Des Moines | Homework Help from the Bill of Rights Institute
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    Tinker v. Des Moines | Homework Help from the Bill of Rights Institute

    Speaker 1: In 1969 the supreme court ruled that a public school forbidding students from wearing black armbands to protest the Vietnam war was a violation of the first amendment rights. Speaker 2: How does a seemingly subtle act of protest result in such a momentous decision? On what basis was the case decided? This is the story of Tinker versus Des Moines. [music] Speaker 1: In 1965 Americans were divided in the support of the Vietnam war with protests grouting nationwide. Speaker 2: In Des Moines, Iowa, a group of students led by 15-year-old John Tinker, his sister Mary Beth and their friend Christopher Eckhardt, quietly carried out their…

  • Is The Confederate Flag Free Speech?
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    Is The Confederate Flag Free Speech?

    In March, 2015, the Supreme Court heard arguments about Texas’s ban on confederate flag license plates and whether the ban is in violation of the First amendment. 2015 marks 150 years since the end of the Civil War, and some have argued that the southern confederate flag is a symbol of national shame and institutionalized racism. So, do states have the right to ban the confederate flag? Well, the question is being posed by a group known as the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Their logo, which includes the confederate flag, has been approved for use on nine other state license plates. The group has also attempted to have a former…

  • What is the Lemon Test?  Lemon v. Kurtzman [No. 86]
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    What is the Lemon Test? Lemon v. Kurtzman [No. 86]

    The Lemon Test is a three-part test that the Supreme Court uses to determine whether a law violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which says that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” The three parts of the Lemon Test are as follows: first, a law must have a secular purpose; second, the law’s principal or primary purpose can neither advance nor inhibit religion; and, finally, the government may not be excessively entangled in religion. The Lemon Test came from the 1971 Supreme Court case, Lemon v. Kurtzman. At issue was whether the government could provide state funding to…

  • 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…

  • Unlawful and Un-American: How our leaders are attacking your First Amendment rights
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    Unlawful and Un-American: How our leaders are attacking your First Amendment rights

    No American should fear being singled out and harassed by a government official who takes a different point of view on public policy questions. President Obama’s Justice Department may be going after your business if he does not like the way you think about global warming. Democratic attorneys general for more than a dozen states fired off subpoenas seeking decades of records from climate change skeptics, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute. What’s happened here is unlawful and it’s un-American. This is what happens when you can’t win a debate. They couldn’t pass it through Congress, so instead they’re imposing their agenda on everyone else. And our first reaction was “Hell…

  • The Right of Publicity and the First Amendment
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    The Right of Publicity and the First Amendment

    right a publicity in the first amendment to write a publicity is not The Constitutional Right. The right of publicity is fundamentally an economic right. It’s the right to exploit your name image or likeness for commercial gain The right of publicity is not mentioned in the Constitution. Unlike copyright or patents, it’s not there. The right of publicity therefore does not give the holder of the right the right to censor inflammatory or offensive portrayals, because the First Amendment The First Amendment protects information in the public interest. As the press likes to say it is the right of the public to know and the press’ right to tell.…

  • Are Religious Healthcare Systems “Churches”?
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    Are Religious Healthcare Systems “Churches”?

    The three cases that we’re talking about are the “Advocate Case” from the Seventh Circuit, the “St. Peters Case” from the Third Circuit, and the “Dignity Case” from the Ninth Circuit. All of these cases involve large healthcare systems, religious health care systems that have been sued over their pension plans. The main issue in this case is, up until now, churches only have to put aside a certain amount of money to cover their future pension obligations to their employees, but the plaintiffs in these cases think that they should be setting aside hundreds of millions of dollars more money into their pension plans. So the question before the…

  • News vs Noise April 6
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    News vs Noise April 6

    >>Welcome to IVCC again. We are here and for our inaugural event for our Noise vs. News Program. And to begin the event, we have our first presentation in April with Amanda Cook Fesperman, a History Instructor here at IVCC. So, I hope you enjoy the program. And if you have questions, there are pads in the back of the room which you’re welcome to take and write down. Or at the end of the program, we can pass around the mic and you can ask if you have any questions. All right, enjoy and thank you.>>All right, thanks. [ Inaudible Remarks ]>>I have a really loud voice. So, you…

  • Understand Free Speech Law in 6 Minutes
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    Understand Free Speech Law in 6 Minutes

    freedom of expression it’s one of our most cherished rights one of the things that makes America America the right to say whatever you want to everyone of course you can’t say just anything you want to, right? there are rules about these things, but this isn’t just any old area the law this involves the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, so what are the rules? what can you and can’t you say? when is the government allowed to interfere with your right to free speech? let’s spend a little time talking about some of the basic law here first the amendment itself is pretty clear and short Congress…

  • More Speech Panel Discussion: A Conversation about the First Amendment
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    More Speech Panel Discussion: A Conversation about the First Amendment

    CHERYL RUSSELL: Hello. All right, good evening, everyone, and welcome. Thank you. My name is Cheryl Russell. And I’m the executive director of corporate foundation government and civic affairs for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. And it is my pleasure to welcome everyone to the school’s third annual Citizen Artist Forum. The school Citizen Artist Forum provides a platform for artists, designers, and others to engage in a timely, relevant conversation about topics that we all face as a society. Each year, the School of the Art Institute works with strategic partners to craft and engage in conversation. And for tonight’s discussion about the First Amendment, we…