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Which of these actions would be protected by the First Amendment?

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a newspaper publishes an article criticizing the president

citizens protest in a public space outside the governor's mansion

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A local government prevents a religious group from building a place of worship.

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A college fraternity composed of close friends who share living quarters is forced to admit women. (Go Apex Kids;)
Before taking the oath of office the US Congress, legislators first swear that they believe in the truth of the Protestant religion.

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Some examples that might show a violation of someone's First Amendment rights could include:

  • Congress enacting a Law against the First Amendment freedoms.
  • A representative of the State, such as Law Enforcement, arresting you for publicly making comments against a political candidate or office holder.
  • The Secret Service, Law Enforcement, or any part of government demanding you put down or surrender a protest sign against, for example, the US President or other political office holder.
  • An agency at the local, State, or Federal level of government trying to bar members of a religious community from holding a religious service outside on their own property.
  • Any government entity that tries to block the freedom to assemble.
  • Any government entity that tries to stop a peaceful assembly that is held in a manner consistent with laws for public safety and welfare.
  • Any government entity that threatens to fine or jail you for freely speaking. NOTE: Freedom of Speech comes with responsibilities, however. The police could find other infractions to charge you if you broke laws while practicing Free Speech.
  • The government enacting a "tax" on Print Publishers, e.g. newspapers, magazines, book publishers, to discourage them from printing the news or certain topics.
  • The government enacting a "penalty" on Print Publisher to punish them for printing a particular story.
  • The government enacting a "tax" or "penalty" on Print Publishers who are not in the mainstream journalism,, e.g. magazines like Hustler, for example, for publishing that simply offends part of society.
  • The government ordering a "Person of the Cloth", e.g. clergy person to be jailed for talking about their religion.
  • The government taking children away from parents only because the office holders dislike the parents' religion.


NOTE: Rights have responsibilities. Slander, libel, etc. are not permitted. Threats in person, by telephone, by internet, by mail are crimes. Child porn in publishing is not allowed. Blocking exits or fire doors is not permitted in assemblies. Criminal acts done while protesting are not allowed. Crimes done within a religious group are still punishable by civil and criminal laws. Etc.
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General Description of the Amendment:
Any violation of someone's 1st amendment rights would involve denying them or punishing them for executing any right listed in the 1st amendment. The 1st amendment states that "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 the Government for a redress of grievances."

Essentially this is dealing with the freedom of speech, religion, right to assemble and right to petition the government, so any law or action that denies, hinders, or punishes for executing any of these rights would be a violation of the 1st amendment. Ultimately, a judge in a courtroom would decide the legality issues.

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It is generally forbidden for federal government (and the states through application of the Fourteenth Amendment) to perform the following acts in accordance with the first amendment

  • Punishing (either by imprisonment or fine) someone for burning the United States flag.
  • Punishing someone for exercising their chosen religion.
  • Preventing a petition from getting signed.
  • Censoring content on the news, such as forcing a newspaper to submit its stories to a government review board, which checks them for national security materials before allowing the newspaper to print them.
  • Demanding that an organization turn over its complete membership records.
  • Using the police or military to suppress a peaceful protest.
  • Preventing the expression of unpopular ideas in the public square
  • Requesting or demanding that a person adhere to any particular religion or any particular religious precept to hold any public office (although this also derives partially from Article VI, Section 3)
  • Creating or accepting a religion that will be the official religion of the United States.
  • Preventing religions whose ritual practices violate minor laws such as federal drug control laws, and prosecuting members who participate in these rituals.
  • Preventing information from being disseminated on controversial topics such as abortion, Birth Control, the War on Terror, etc.

It is worth noting that First Amendment protections are not absolute, so there are laws that attach to some of these examples if they are taken to their extreme.
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A local government prevents a religious group from building a place of worship.

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Alberto publishes a radical newspaper challenging the policies of the current governor.

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