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First Amendment Memorandum

First Amendment Memorandum

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Published by Propaganda Hunter
A memo meant for college and high school kids to "understand" that it is a right for the militant antiabortion squads with graphic and inaccurate information to do what they want on their school campus.
A memo meant for college and high school kids to "understand" that it is a right for the militant antiabortion squads with graphic and inaccurate information to do what they want on their school campus.

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Published by: Propaganda Hunter on Jul 28, 2012
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FirstAmendmentMemorandumByChereéBartlett,ESQ.
ThismemorandumisforthepurposeofinformingcollegestudentsabouttheFirstAmendmentoftheUnitedStatesconstitution.Itishopedthatstudentswillunderstandtheimportanceofthisfundamentalrighttothemaintenanceoffreedomanddemocracyinourcountry.TheFirstAmendmenttotheU.S.Constitutionprovides: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Governmentforaredressofgrievances.TheFirstAmendmenttotheU.S.Constitutionaddressesseveralareasbutthefocusofthismemorandumishowthe"freedomofspeech"hasbeeninterpretedjudicially.Theimportanceofthefirstamendmentisfoundinitsprotectionofspeechwhichisnotpropoundedbythemajorityandwhichswimsagainstthetideofpopularopinion.Arguably,ifeveryonethoughtthesameandbelievedthesametherewouldbenoneedfortheprotectionofthefreedomofspeechaffordedbythefirstamendment.TheSupremeCourtisthehighestcourtofthelandandhashadmanyoccasionstoconsiderandruleonfreedomofspeechcases.Itsrulingsareconsideredbindingasthelawoftheland.TheCourtstatedinTexasv.Johnson491U.S.397"IfthereisabedrockprincipleunderlyingtheFirstAmendment,itisthattheGovernmentmaynotprohibittheexpressionofanideasimplybecausesocietyfindstheideaitselfoffensiveordisagreeable."Inthatcase,theCourtconsideredwhethertheconvictionofGregoryLeeJohnsonfordesecratingaflaginviolationofTexaslawwasconsistentwiththeFirstAmendment.TheCourtheldthatitwasnotandvotedagainstthestate'sclaimstatingthat"aprincipalfunctionoffreespeechunderoursystemofgovernmentistoinvitedispute.Itmayindeedbestserveitshighpurposewhenitinducesaconditionofunrest,createsdissatisfactionwithconditionsastheyare,orevenstirspeopletoanger."Id.at397.ItwouldbehardlysurprisingifsomepeoplewhowitnessedthisactweregreatlyoffendedbyJohnson;sactionandconsideredittoflyinthefaceofpatriotism.YettheCourtprotectedhisrighttoexpresshimselfinsymbolicspeech.Inorderforgovernmenttoproscribespeech,theregulationmustbecontent-neutralandviewpointneutral.InPoliceDepartmentofChicagov.Mosley48U.S.92,93(1972),theCourtstated,"Butaboveallelse,theFirstAmendmentmeansthatgovernmenthasnopowertorestrictexpressionbecauseofitsmessage,itsideas,itssubjectmatter,oritscontent.Topermitthecontinuedbuildingofourpoliticsandculture,andtoassureself-fulfillmentforeachindividual,ourpeopleareguaranteedtherighttoexpressanythought,freefromgovernmentcensorship."Inthatcase,theCourtaddressedwhetheraChicagoordinanceallowingsomepicketingonapublic

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