The First Amendment reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. The First Amendment makes it legal to burn the American Flag. Lastly, flag burning should not be illegal because, if it were to be, Americans would have their right taken away. As Supreme Court Justice William Brennan stated, in a flag burning case, "Punishing desecration of the flag dilutes the very freedom that makes this emblem so
It was said that the marriage didn’t guarantee “the fundamental right to marry a person of the same sex.” Also it was said that the marriage exclusion does not offend the liberty, freedom, equality, or due process provisions of the Massachusetts Constitution. From my knowledge, I know that you can only get married to the same sex in San Francisco, California and in Canada. In the Loving v. Virginia case, the Fourteenth Amendment was on their side by stating that marriage shouldn’t be restricted by invidious racial discrimination. Under the Constitution, the freedom to marry or not marry a person of another race resides with the individual and
The Pledge of Allegiance was not written to coerce citizens of the United States. Its purpose was to create a statement of patriotism. Through its words, it states each American citizen’s respect for the republican form of government our Founders instilled, and loyalty to America, a country that is “indivisible.” While the separation of church and state is a key institute in maintaining a fair democratic government, certain traditions such as the Pledge of Allegiance, should be allowed in a society founded on the belief in monotheism. The Pledge was not written to defy the Constitution; rather, it was a statement of secular belief in our nation. Its author had no intention of violating the First Amendment.
Where will it end? Voting is a right that many Americans have fought and protected for many years, the constitution includes a part that states that all Americans are created equal. Over hundred years ago, people believed that certain people should not vote, as stated in a quote by U.S Senator Steven Douglas on October 13, 1858; “I do not regard the Negro as my equal, and positively deny that he is my brother, or any kin to me whatever” (White, pg.266). The Constitution states that all Americans are equal no matter what their race, ethnic background, or sex. If we have people reinterpreting who can vote and how they vote, will there be a return to small thinking?
Uniform Civil Code Article 44 of the Constitution of India lays down an important directive principle of state policy, namely, that the state shall endeavor to secure for its citizens, a uniform civil code throughout the territory of India. However, as clarified by Article 37, directive principles of state policy are not enforceable by any court, although they are fundamental in the governance of the country. Today, citizens of India are governed by different personal laws, which are based on their religion, caste, community etc. A uniform civil code would ensure that all citizens of India are governed by the same set of secular civil laws in matters of marriage, divorce, maintenance, adoption, inheritance, etc. Under the present set of laws, Hindus are bound by the practice of monogamy, whereas Muslims are not.
SONG LYRICS AND THE FIRST AMENDMENT We believe that the first amendment protects all song lyrics unless the lyrics incite a “clear and present danger.” The first amendment of the constitution is, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or of the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for the redress of grievances.” Although we have these rights guaranteed to us by the first amendment, our speech is restricted if it incites a clear and present danger. So what do we do about songs that can be misconstrued about their message and purpose? Should their lyrics be protected by the first amendment? In our opinion, the first amendment should protect all song lyrics unless they incite a “clear and present danger” The clear and present danger clause was produced during World War 1 in the case of United States v. Schenck, where Charles Schenck sent 15,000 anti-draft letters through the mail. The government accused Schenck of illegally interfering with military equipment, violating the Espionage Act which prohibits all false statements that interfere with the military power.
The second amendment says “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” (Bill of Rights). But how could we interpret this amendment? Does this mean that we have the right to have only one gun, or we have the right to have as many guns as we want? Every right has its limitations and this right is not the exception. The first amendment says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…” (Bill of Rights).
It touches most aspects of government leading to how much the federal government incorporates religion yet restricts states from doing the same. Our very national anthem involves god with the words “one nation under god” not even mentioning the slogan of “in god we trust” which can be found on American currency. The separation is to protect ever American’s religion allowing them to practice any faith. However it doesn't clarify the standards for practicing in public or even the very acknowledgment of god. Over the past decade many revisions have been made to how people publicly celebrate their faith.
Everyone in the U.S. has to be a legal citizen, and the States cannot deprive you from your rights, or make and enforce laws that aid the immunities of the citizen(s). The States and the U.S. cannot aid anyone monetarily or be obligated to anyone who is trying to rebel or against the United States. Any deal of the sort should be held as illegal and unconstitutional. The 19th Amendment states, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” This amendment came about after WWI. Activist such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton raised awareness about equal rights for women during this time.
Therefore, these are rights that can’t be taken away or unalienable, unalienable rights are rights that are unable to be alienated, given up, or transferred to someone else. They come from God, and no man or government can rightly give them or take them away. Some examples of unalienable rights are life; liberty; self-government; to bear arms; to purchase, develop and dispose of property; make personal choices; free conscience; choice of profession; choice of a mate; to assemble; to petition; and to free speech. Lastly, even with times passing and things changing, we have to remember that we the people are the authority in America. We have to educate ourselves for the sake of progress while still reminding ourselves that our Constitution is