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1 Unit 2 Review Philosophical Chairs
Chapter 5 Civil Liberties Chapter 6 Civil Rights

2 Philosophical Chairs Rules
There will be no more than 9 participants per topic: 4 pro/4 con/1 position-taker After position-taker makes open statement, other participants get to respond. To respond, participants must first affirm the statements made by the previous speaker. Each topic gets no more than 5 minutes in the debate.

3 Topic #1 The 1st Amendment Religion Clauses review:
Review the difference between the establishment & free exercise clauses. Review Engel, Everson, Bunn, Marsh, Reynolds and other cases. DEBATE: No government body at ANY level should be allowed to open with a prayer. CHAIRS

4 Topic #2 Search and Seizure review
Exclusionary Rule redefined and explained. Weeks and Mapp cases significance? School searches and TLO case. DEBATE: The exclusionary rule as applied allows criminals to get off on technicalities. CHAIRS

5 Topic #3 Due Process in 5th and 14th Amendments. DEBATE:
Distinguish the difference between substantive and procedural due process. Outline the incorporation aspects of the due process clause. Review the Escobedo, Miranda, and Gideon cases. Discuss death penalty cases. DEBATE: The death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment. CHAIRS

6 Topic #4 Define the “Reasonableness” Standard and Substantial Relationship Standard with examples. Discuss Reed & Rostker cases as examples. Review ERA attempts, legislation and exceptions. DEBATE: Women should be required to register for the selective service draft. CHAIRS

7 Topic #5 Discuss abortion and privacy.
Discuss Roe v. Wade & related cases. Use amendments to emphasize the rationale of the decision. DEBATE: Abortion should remain legal. CHAIRS

8 Topic #6 Define Affirmative Action.
Cases to support: Bakke, Bolliger, Gratz & Fisher decisions Define and examine Constitutional rationale of programs. DEBATES: Affirmative Action is a form of reverse discrimination. CHAIRS

9 Topic #7 Gays and the Constitution DEBATE:
Right to privacy issues in Griswold & Lawrence case. Gay marriage issues in Hollingsworth & Windsor cases. DEBATE: State bans on gay marriages should be declared unconstitutional. CHAIRS

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