AR: From a First Amendment
standpoint, is there anything about this case that differentiates it from previous public flaps over "outrageous art"?
In Delcarpio, the District Court ruled that a school board decision to remove books containing detailed descriptions of voodoo spells violated the First Amendment
and also the Constitution of Louisiana.
The words in the First Amendment
that affect religion are very few and seem on the face of it to be very plain: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.
They are encouraged by a public that to a significant extent sees no value in the First Amendment
because it shields publishers who purvey pornography, journalists who invade people's privacy and destroy their reputations, and TV and movie moguls who peddle violence and sex.
Only 4 percent of those surveyed could name "petition" as one of the five freedoms in the First Amendment
, the lowest percentage this year for any of the five freedoms.
When people invoke their First Amendment
rights to free speech and religion, they frequently say there is a reason those rights were listed first.
In this regard, the Knight Foundation's study showed that the presence of student publications correlated with a higher student understanding of First Amendment
If the CFTC were to prevail in its interpretation, First Amendment
attorneys say that would seriously threaten any specialized information publisher-in other words, all of us in newsletter publishing.
James Madison, who authored the First Amendment
, explained ``the meaning of the words'' during the debate on the amendment in Congress on Aug.
Charles Haynes, senior scholar at the First Amendment
Center, adds that the principles of the amendment provide a framework for cultivating democratic schools.
Therefore, the school coerced (pressured) students to participate in a religious act, thus violating the First Amendment
Where, I wondered, was this wonderful First Amendment
I was learning about in law school?