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The Ten Commandments should not be allowed to be posted in United States Government buildings. The Ten Commandments are a Judaic set of laws that according to their religious history was handed down from God to the prophet Moses. I believe these postings harm our county, its image of religious freedom, and it violates American citizen’s first amendment right. The three main reasons I believe that they should not be allowed is that it promotes a state-endorsed religion, it promotes religious intolerance and it creates an uncomfortable environment for people of other faiths. State-endorsed Religion The first reason I am against the postings is that it creates a state-endorsed religion.
The United States of America's constitution should protect the "god given" freedoms of those governed under their democratic government. The First Amendment of the constitution states: "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." Even with this amendment, the continuous banning of literature still occurs. What happened to the rights of the people? Isn't censorship technically illegal within America?
Banned In The U.S.A : A Reference Guide To Book Censorship In Schools And Public Libraries. Westport, Conn: Greenwood, 2002. 231-32. EBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web.
The Challenging Issue of the Separation of Church and State When the first amendment was written it said “Congress shall make no law respecting and establishment or religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” This was written because America didn’t want a mandatory religious system like that of England. American people didn’t want freedom from religion they simply wanted freedom of religion. Even the men who wrote the constitution believed that God could do much more than man, therefore they used the Bible to help form the government. Our constitution has been amended and changed driven by the effects of modern controversies. The founding fathers did not intend to create a Christian nation.
Here in America the freedom of speech is a attribute that draws many to this country. The Constitution of the United States 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. All of this seems wonderful, but why are some books looked down upon by people? Should not all literature fall under the Constitution’s protective blanket? Some of the banned books are not intended for younger children.
The Supreme Court has commonly upheld this right. The denial of this right, according to Micah Issitt and Ames Cushman’s article, is a sign of a totalitarian government. Therefore, any form of book banning is a flagrant violation of the freedom of the press, one of America’s most cherished rights. Controlling what society can and cannot read goes against the founding principles of this nation. In conclusion, book banning should not occur because it is unnecessary, violates freedoms, and prevents important lessons from being taught.
Book Banning The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, “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 (Buchanan).” With the banning and the challenging of books all over the U.S. I believe that our first amendment is being jeopardized. We should be allowed to read whatever we want to read it is our right according to the first amendment in the U.S. Constitution with freedom of speech. Every year in the United States we have books being banned and challenged by many people who do not like the contents of books. When researching for this argument essay I found an article written by Rebecca Hagelin.
Although some books may be too violent for young children, if we didn't make a big deal out of them how many kids would know about or read them? Finally because, kids have the misfortune of having their knowledge restricted. So next time you pick up a dystopian book look a little closer at what's happening around you and notice the similarity. Works Cited http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED374399 http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/censorship https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/abstractdb/AbstractDBDetails.aspx?id=124879 http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/08/19/299611/censorship-on-the-rise-u-s-schools-have-banned-more-than-20-books-this-year/
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