The First Amendment provides two protections of our religious liberties:
( 1);the;freedom;of;and;( 2);the;freedom;from religion.
Catholic, Pagan, Atheist, or Satanist, although certain religious practices deemed
unhealthy, dangerous, or contrary to a
legitimate governmental interest can be
3 Thus, if the government bans
the practice of a particular faith, it has infringed on this unalienable right.
Conversely, the government cannot
establish a religion by engaging in acts
that give the public the impression that
it endorses a particular religion.
4 The his-
tory of this aspect of freedom of religion
stems from the tradition in Europe of
establishing State churches and banning
the practice of other faiths. The Puritans
and other religious communities immi-
grated here for that very reason, though
a few, ironically, imposed similar bans in
the colonies. The Founding Fathers ab-
horred this and consequently included
the ban of this unwarranted government
intrusion within the First Amendment,
although it is doubtful that they would
have endorsed the current state of the
law whereby even the most harmless act
of public worship or acknowledgment of
religion is tantamount to establishment.
Indeed, the so-called “wall of separation”
between church and state arose not from
the language in the Constitution itself but
rather in a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote
to the Danbury Baptists telling them that
the government could not interfere in
their affairs—not the other way around.
“Free speech” encompasses several ex-
pressions, not just speech itself. Indi-
viduals certainly have the right to speak
out in the face of government opposi-
5 Even a corporation, as a collection
of shareholders, has freedom of speech.
The state can’t abridge the freedom of
speech by imposing overly oppressive
permit requirements or flat-out bans on
certain types of speech or protest.
ever, this doesn’t mean you are free to
scream out at the top of your lungs wher-
ever you want to. For example, you can’t
protest a grocery store’s hiring policies
in its own parking lot since it’s a private
entity and not governmental—the police
can be called to make you disperse, and
they can arrest you for trespassing if you
don’t. However, if you’re carrying a plac-
ard on the public sidewalk in front of the
grocery store, you’re good to go since you
are now on public property.
Freedom of the Press
There’s also “freedom of the press.” Government can’t prohibit newspapers, television stations, Internet news services, or
any other news outlet (including private
disseminating and publishing news and
commentary, although Congress has
threatened to pass laws that mandate
“equal time” between those offering conflicting views.
8 There has also been discussion on government not recognizing
Internet bloggers as legitimate exercisers
of the “freedom of the press,” but there is
still an individual right attached thereto,
so I doubt this will get very far.
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