Civil Liberties And Civil Rights

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Civil liberties and civil rights are some of the most controversial issues within today’s society and government. The debates upon these liberties and rights are paramount. Topics such as the infringement of government upon these rights, through laws and such, and even the infringement of society upon them, through the sentiments of equality that the people hold, seem to take center stage whenever they are discussed. This controversy stems from the Constitution’s Bill of Rights and its ambiguity upon the fourteenth amendment and how it should apply and grow with society. In my opinion, I feel that civil liberties and civil rights are crucial to our country as a whole, but to address them here, in their entirety, would be impossible and overall useless. Still, if I were in government and amending or interpreting the Constitution, while also keeping the changes I’d like to make to the Constitution in mind from my last essay, I would like to identify freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and the pursuit of happiness to be the most fundamental civil liberties and civil rights mentioned, and I would like to reiterate or add this to my constitution. To open this discussion, I would like to start with the civil liberty of freedom of religion. This liberty was identified in my original Constitution essay through the mentioning of the separation of church and state clause. The reason for my including of this liberty, and my stressing of its importance, is that I feel that the government interprets this liberty in a one sided fashion because of the incorrect interpretation of the already in place separation of church and state clause. I also include it because I believe that recently the attacks upon religion have metastasized and tha... ... middle of paper ... ...ess should only be limited by that of the choices that the individual makes and the opportunities that said individual may or may not take advantage of, not by the choices and opportunities that others may or may not make for them. In these aspects of equality and self-reliance, it is my belief that only government is powerful enough to ensure or attempt to ensure this pursuit. To conclude, I have covered the two main ideas that I wished to add to my constitution essay, along with one civil liberty that I had already addressed. I explained my reasoning as to why I had established the civil liberty of religious protection within my original paper, along with the reasons that I wished to add those of freedom of speech and the pursuit of happiness. All of this combined form a fuller picture of what I wish this country to be and how I wish for this country to opereate.
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