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Unformatted Document Text:  lives abstaining from alcohol, unmarried sex, and drugs. People who will not agree to abstain in those areas are not enrolled in their programs or dropped if they violate the rules. The Society admits that these rules stem from religious convictions and practical experience that undisciplined activities may harm the addict and others. Central City is contemplating funding the Society to expand its treatment center. The ACLU has threatened suit arguing that such funding would violate the establishment clause and the privacy concepts in the 1 st and the equal protection clause. You are the City attorney who must advise the Mayor on the legal question presented. 10. Almost all private hospitals have received public funds for their medical services for decades. A Congressional amendment to hospital funding legislation now requires that all federally funded hospitals provide the full ranges of services, including abortions. The Association of Catholic hospitals has protested arguing that this amendment abridges freedom of religion. 11. A group called “Parents for Intellectual Diversity” has persuaded the Central City School Board to include discussion of the concept of intelligent design in a philosophy of science course. The ACLU, regarding this concept as covert attempt top bring religion into the curriculum has sued the Board for violating the First Amendment. The Board has defended its action as a reflection of freedom of speech. Free Speech 12. Students for Sexual Freedom at Central Maryland State University chalk a message on the campus sidewalks that says “Gay rights! Religious wrongs! Don’t let Christian Fundamentalist bigotry oppress you any longer.” The campus speech code forbids the use of signs derogatory to any racial, ethnic or religious group in public places. Does the First Amendment prohibit any disciplinary action against the chalkers?. 13. An anti war speaker standing on street corner outside a military base began to accuse the armed forces of engaging in unwarranted aggression and torture. The audience was initially friendly to this message, but it attracted a number of combat veterans who verbally challenged the speaker’s version of history. An exchange of accusations took place. but eventually the soldiers began to chant “Draft the dodger” until the speaker could not be heard. Several fistfights brook out in the crowd. The police arrested the speaker. What speech does the 1 st A protect in this context? 14. Congress, like the British parliament, has passed a law, permitting the deportation of any non-citizen who advocates that terrorism is a justified response to world conditions. The Coalition of Islamic Civil Rights organizations have sued to prevent various deportment efforts. 15. The president of the South Texas State University (STSU) campus student body has refused funding for a student organization affiliated with La Raza, an Hispanic organization dedicated to repatriating parts of the American southwest to Mexico. During an angry confrontation with La Raza students, he shouted that the Hispanics on the campus were mostly wetbacks who entered the US illegally. The Hispanic students have asked the STSU president to provide funding they 7

Authors: La Noue, George.
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lives abstaining from alcohol, unmarried sex, and drugs. People who will not agree to abstain in
those areas are not enrolled in their programs or dropped if they violate the rules. The Society
admits that these rules stem from religious convictions and practical experience that
undisciplined activities may harm the addict and others. Central City is contemplating funding
the Society to expand its treatment center. The ACLU has threatened suit arguing that such
funding would violate the establishment clause and the privacy concepts in the 1
st
and the equal
protection clause. You are the City attorney who must advise the Mayor on the legal question
presented.
10. Almost all private hospitals have received public funds for their medical services for decades.
A Congressional amendment to hospital funding legislation now requires that all federally
funded hospitals provide the full ranges of services, including abortions. The Association of
Catholic hospitals has protested arguing that this amendment abridges freedom of religion.
11. A group called “Parents for Intellectual Diversity” has persuaded the Central City School
Board to include discussion of the concept of intelligent design in a philosophy of science
course. The ACLU, regarding this concept as covert attempt top bring religion into the
curriculum has sued the Board for violating the First Amendment. The Board has defended its
action as a reflection of freedom of speech.
Free Speech
12. Students for Sexual Freedom at Central Maryland State University chalk a message on the
campus sidewalks that says “Gay rights! Religious wrongs! Don’t let Christian Fundamentalist
bigotry oppress you any longer.” The campus speech code forbids the use of signs derogatory to
any racial, ethnic or religious group in public places. Does the First Amendment prohibit any
disciplinary action against the chalkers?.
13. An anti war speaker standing on street corner outside a military base began to accuse the
armed forces of engaging in unwarranted aggression and torture. The audience was initially
friendly to this message, but it attracted a number of combat veterans who verbally challenged
the speaker’s version of history. An exchange of accusations took place. but eventually the
soldiers began to chant “Draft the dodger” until the speaker could not be heard. Several
fistfights brook out in the crowd. The police arrested the speaker. What speech does the 1
st
A
protect in this context?
14. Congress, like the British parliament, has passed a law, permitting the deportation of any
non-citizen who advocates that terrorism is a justified response to world conditions. The
Coalition of Islamic Civil Rights organizations have sued to prevent various deportment efforts.
15. The president of the South Texas State University (STSU) campus student body has refused
funding for a student organization affiliated with La Raza, an Hispanic organization dedicated to
repatriating parts of the American southwest to Mexico. During an angry confrontation with La
Raza students, he shouted that the Hispanics on the campus were mostly wetbacks who entered
the US illegally. The Hispanic students have asked the STSU president to provide funding they
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