Tuesday, November 6, 2012

First Amendment-Notes

First Amendment: Rights contained in the First Amendment

Values served by protecting the First Amendment
Absolutist, Balancing and Categorical Approaches to protecting the First Amendment

Speech: What is it? Pure, Speech Plus and Symbolic

In notes, draw a continuum and label least to most protected speech.
What is protected and what isn't protected? Brainstorm.

"Time, Place, Manner" restrictions, libel and slander, "fighting words", "clear and present danger", obscenity and threats to security.

Five Freedoms:The 5 First Amendment Freedoms

Speech
The First Amendment says that people have the right to speak freely without government interference.

Press
The First Amendment gives the press the right to publish news, information and opinions without government interference. This also means people have the right to publish their own newspapers, newsletters, magazines, etc.

Religion
The First Amendment prohibits government from establishing a religion and protects each person's right to practice (or not practice) any faith without government interference.

Petition
The First Amendment says that people have the right to appeal to government in favor of or against policies that affect them or that they feel strongly about. This freedom includes the right to gather signatures in support of a cause and to lobby legislative bodies for or against legislation.

Assembly
The First Amendment says that people have the right to gather in public to march, protest, demonstrate, carry signs and otherwise express their views in a nonviolent way. It also means people can join and associate with groups and organizations without interference.

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