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Does praying before taking your spot on the field violate the First Amendment?

High school football programs around the country are being discriminated by people and the Supreme Court because of them praying before the team goes onto the field. Whenever a team is kneeling and praying, some people in the stands are thinking that it’s against the First Amendment and that the district should be sued. So, does praying before taking your spot on the field violate the First Amendment?  If players and coaches from a high school team want to pray before football games, let them, they aren’t breaking the law. It’s like doing the national anthem before any event, is that a violation? If students and/or coach wants to pray before a game people should let them. Students and/or coaches who are forcing the other players to pray shouldn’t be forcing them to pray. People should be making their own decisions on whether they want to join the prayer or not. A Santa Fe school in Texas is allowing student-led prayers before football games, people are ruling against it and saying that it’s a violation of the First Amendment. This is leading into a case that had been going on for 5 years. The Supreme Court is allowing student-lead prayers only if it’s approved by the government.

Tennessee school fan filed a complaint saying the prayer was against the constitution. A graduate from the school and an organizer of Sunday’s prayer service comes out and says his opinion on the issue saying, “I feel like students on school property should have freedom of speech, we just wanted to come together as believers and support one another and love each other.”  Prayers should be a choice to players and coaches. If a team wants to pray, they shouldn’t be discriminated because it’s against the First Amendment because it’s not against it. Everyone has freedom of speech.

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Should flag burning be legal in the USA?

I would like to start this out with saying, that it is not directly illegal to burn the fag, but it is morally wrong, unconstitutional, and some may argue that it is communist. Burning the flag is completely legal, and is not going to end you up in jail, as our current president, Donald J Trump is trying to persuade our government into believing.(‘’abc news’’) The thing is, flag burning was illegal up until 1969, but that law changed when the law made it alright to burn the flag due to “burning the flag is one of the approved ways to destroy a too worn flag” -”the law dictionary’’ which is why flag burning is allowed today, people take advantage of this law and burn flags as a sign of outrage against our country.  In conclusion, flag burning is a symbol of hate but is legal.

 

Freedom Of Expression

Topic: Burning of the Flag

Essential Question: Should the burning of the Flag be protected by the 1st Amendment or should it not?

Should burning of the Flag and/or taking a knee during the national Anthem

be protected by freedom of speech? Several, people believe that it should be banned and the actions presented was not in any way respectful, although others have thought that it should be allowed and is also, away to express their freedom.

Many sources state that the burning of the American flag is protected by the 1st Amendment, although it is unpleasant. Meanwhile, Donald Trump our well known president, thinks differently about the situation. Stating that “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or a year in jail!”. But, others sees it is away to express disagreement. Just like kneeling during the National Anthem. If we ban the burning of the flag we should might as well ban our freedom of expression in total, then how free would we be?

 

  • All you need to know about why NFL players are taking a knee and where it came from
                  “All You Need To Know About Why NFL Players Are Taking A Knee And Where It Came From.” The Independent. N.                       p., 2018. Web. 5 Oct. 2018.
  • Flag Burning or Desecration
              “Flag Burning Or Desecration.” American Civil Liberties Union. N. p., 2018. Web. 5 Oct. 2018.
  • Flag burning and the First Amendment: Yet another look at the two – National Constitution Center
    “Flag Burning And The First Amendment: Yet Another Look At The Two – National Constitution Center.” National Constitution Center – constitutioncenter.org. N. p., 2018. Web. 5 Oct. 2018.

Creative Title Involving Social Media and The First Amendment

Is using social media in schools protected by the freedom of speech clause of the First Amendment. Social media is used by a number of high school students, and schools are finding out just how much students like it.

 

Sachin Maharaj, an opinion writer, argues that schools should permanently ban social media platforms in classes. She cites the Toronto District School Board’s statement that students are not using Snapchat, Instagram, or Netflix for educational purposes. The board claimed that these apps were clogging up the district’s network, making administrative tasks difficult to complete. Maharaj also cites a 2016 study funded by the National Science Foundation. The study found that when given the opportunity, even the most motivated and intelligent students access the internet in class for non-educational purposes, spending more time browsing the web than paying attention to their class. This causes the students’ academic performance to suffer.

 

Steve Nicholls, the author of “Social Media in Business.”, says schools should not ban social networking sites. Nicholls argues that, as technology grows, schools will not be able to grow with it if they ban social networking sites. Nicholls claims that, if implemented properly, social media presents a world of opportunities that outweigh the risks of having it in schools. Social media has become so integrated into our daily lives, we would be a doing disservice to students by not incorporating it into schools.

 

“My View: Don’T Ban Social Media From Schools.” Schoolsofthought.blogs.cnn.com. N. p., 2018. Web. 24 Sept. 2018.

“Why Schools Should Ban Snapchat Permanently | The Star.” thestar.com. N. p., 2018. Web. 24 Sept. 2018.

 

Nope, You Can’t Read That

“Books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory…” -FDR. In the U.S today, people aren’t burning books but they are doing something just as bad, removing them from schools. Even though the Supreme Court says that any book can be published, not all of these books are allowed in schools. Books tend to be removed from a public schools reading list when a book is complained about by the public. Recently, a Minnesota school district dropped To Kill A Mockingbird and Huckleberry Finn due to the belief that both books used the n-word excessively.  There are other instances of books being dropped nationwide because of complaints that the books offend or people find the books profane or immoral. In any community other than schools these complaints would not exists. Public schools are the only setting where a person’s access to books is questioned. In 1986, the book The Red Badge of Courage was banned by the Bay District School Board because of its depiction of war and its idea that the Civil War was a clash of ideas. Parents also didn’t like the fact that Stephen Crane was not a soldier. Even though this book is banned, many people consider it to be a great, informing book and the Library of Congress even have an exhibit for it because of its “profound effect on the American people”. There are many other books that have made similar impacts on American culture. Books like Huckleberry Finn, Of Mice and Men and the Catcher and the Rye are being banned from schools because they make parents uncomfortable. Katherine Paterson, an author who is frequently censored, spoke out against this saying, “When our chief goal is not to offend someone, we are not likely to write a book that will deeply affect anyone”.