First Amendment. Beneficial, or Violation?

Isaac Holden, Reporter

The First Amendment, as we all know applies to the United States and SPECIFICALLY states, that the First Amendment is your freedom of speech, religion, and for the right of the people to assemble peacefully and the freedom of the press.

We could all say that our First Amendment Rights could either benefit us, or become violated by another party. Well, in the case West Virginia State Board v.s. Barnette,1943, our so-called ‘Freedom of Religion’ was not able to be fully expressed. Schools required all of their students, as well as teachers to salute the American flag. The penalty was if not done, the student(s) would be illegally absent/suspended until they were allowed to come back. Too much for our ‘Freedom’ right? In conclusion to the West Virginia State Board v.s. Barnette,1943 case, the conflict was taken to the Supreme Court and was ultimately 6/3 that the school indeed, was violating their First Amendment Rights.

In a documentary titled “Live Free” written by Alex Copanga, members of the Ku Klux Klan a.k.a. The KKK, would express their opinions and what not about homosexuals and how it is wrong for the two¬†of the same sex to share a special bond. They quoted that, “as said in the bible, homosexuals shall not be saved when god comes, nor is it the right way to live your life.” Surprisingly though, many citizens who disagreed about the KKK member’s opinions, did not attack or harm them in any way. To conclude this case, the citizens respected the member’s First Amendment Rights.

Quote from anonymous: “If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.”

This article, or topic is important and should alert readers, because people take their First Amendment Rights for granted more commonly than you think, and people should start taking control and expressing it.