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1 Magruder’s American Government
C H A P T E R 19 Civil Liberties: First Amendment Freedoms Copyright, 2000 © Prentice Hall

2 C H A P T E R 19 Civil Liberties: First Amendment Freedoms
SECTION 1 The Unalienable Rights SECTION 2 Freedom of Religion SECTION 3 Freedom of Speech and Press SECTION 4 Freedom of Expression and National Security SECTION 5 Freedom of Assembly and Petition Chapter 19

3 S E C T I O N 1 The Unalienable Rights
The Constitution, especially its Bill of Rights, guarantees many rights and liberties which reflect the principle of limited government. An individual’s rights can be exercised only to the extent that they do not limit the rights of others; if there is conflict, one right must take precedence. The Bill of Rights restricts only the National Government. Each State constitution also contains its own bill of rights. The 14th Amendment “nationalizes” most of the protections of the Bill of Rights. Chapter 19, Section 1

4 S E C T I O N 2 Freedom of Religion
Freedom of expression is vital to democracy. One key component of this freedom is the freedom of religion. Although freedom of religion is guaranteed in part by the Establishment Clause, the nature of the wall between church and state has been the subject of many court decisions. Freedom of religion is also guaranteed in part by the Free Exercise Clause, which protects people’s right to believe—though not necessarily to do—whatever they wish regarding religion. Chapter 19, Section 2

5 First Amendment Cases – Religion
Pierce v. Society of Sisters (1925) – unconstitutional to force parents to send children to public schools. [due process, 14th amendment] Engel v. Vitale (1962) – no prayer in school Equal Access Law (1984) – high school religious groups allowed. Edwards v. Aguillard (1987) – schools don’t have to teach creationism if they teach evolution March v. Chambers (1983) – legislative prayer okay Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971) – test: 1) must be secular (not religious), 2) primary effect doesn’t advance or inhibit religion, 3) avoid “excessive entanglements.

6 S E C T I O N 3 Freedom of Speech and Press
The 1st and 14th amendments’ guarantee of free speech and free press protect people’s right to speak and their right to be heard. There are limits to these rights. No one has the right to slander or libel another and obscene material is not protected. Miller v. California (1973) – 1) appeals to prurient interests, 2) offensive, 3) lacks value Symbolic and commercial speech also enjoy constitutional protection, yet they can be limited under certain circumstances. Confidentiality & News Reporters – can refuse to testify to protect sources, shield laws Radio & Television Public Airwaves – right of the viewers and listeners, not broadcasters FCC regulation – cannot censor content, but can prohibit use of language. Licenses Chapter 19, Section 3

7 S E C T I O N 3 Freedom of Speech and Press
Picketing 1st and 14th Amendment cover if peaceful United States v. O’Brien (1968) – cannot call all behavior and actions “speech” “Acts of dissent by protest” can be punished if 1) object of protest within Constitutional powers of Government, 2) fair restriction, 3) end goal not to squelch dissent Tinker v. Des Moines School District (1969) – “It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gates” Buckley v. Valeo (1976) – campaign contributions are “symbolic expression of speech” Texas v. Johnson (1989) – state violated protester’s rights when prosecuted him for burning flag. Upheld in U.S. v. Eichman (1990) Commercial speech can be prohibited if false or misleading or illegal goods/services

8 S E C T I O N 4 Freedom of Expression and National Security
To protect itself from internal subversion, government can regulate some expression in the interest of national security. Espionage – spying for foreign power Sabatoge – act of destruction to hinder nation’s war or defense effort Treason – levying war against the nation or supporting enemy Sedition – incitement of resistance to law The Supreme Court has held that government has a right to control speech that creates “a clear and present danger” of violence or harm to public order or national security. Chapter 19, Section 4

9 S E C T I O N 5 Freedom of Assembly and Petition
The 1st Amendment guarantees the right to assemble peaceably and to petition for redress of grievances. Government can reasonably regulate the time, place, and manner of such expression but regulations must be “content neutral.” Public Property – upheld requirements to give advanced notice and permits. Freedom of assembly and petition includes a guarantee of association. NAACP member list Chapter 19, Section 5

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