You will write a 4-page paper (double-spaced, 12 pt font, 1 margins, APA citations). You are required to use at least two sources. You must include a relevant court case decision. You will use APA citations.
You will choose ONE of 3 possible topics: the first choice (A) allows you to select any news story that relates to any of the First Amendment Freedoms; the second (B) and third choices (C) are already specific topics.
A. Freedoms. Find a news story that relates to and/or impacts First Amendment Freedoms. Answer questions 1-6 below and cite your sources. I think there’s been a lot of news stories in the last few years that touch on the five freedoms.
Ideas: The importance of a free press during an election; using the n-word/profanity in art/music; social media companies banning users for various reasons; athletes kneeling during the anthem; schools suspending students for profane social media posts; false claims of military service; police shutting down protests and the right to peaceably assemble; using media to incite violence; how Covid-19 is impacting free speech and a free press (https://www.mtsu.edu/first-amendment/post/613/covid-19-and-the-first-amendment-a-running-report-aug-14 (Links to an external site.)) or any news story with a First Amendment focus that you want to write about.
Newspaper Resource: https://www.50states.com/news/ (Links to an external site.)
OR choose one of these two specific topics below:
B. The Pledge. Why and when was the phrase Under God added to the pledge of allegiance? Does it violate the First Amendments clause that the US would not establish any religion? Also, answer the questions below and cite your sources.
C. The Parade. What ifthe city of San Mateo rejected an application from the local chapter of the KKK to participate in the July 4th parade? Dare to defend the KKKs right to assemble and be included in their citys parade and answer the questions below and cite your sources.
ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS FOR A, B, AND C
What are the First Amendment issues in this case?
Is the First Amendment Freedom being exercised or threatened?
Does someone in the story feel their free speech rights are threatened or violated? Why? How? By whom?
Do the issues have any historical connection? Summarize any court cases about the issue. (cite sources)
In light of the First Amendment, do you agree or disagree that someones rights are threatened? Basically, what is your own opinion about the issue?
Why does the American press cover these types of stories? Should they? What help or harm can result from such news stories?