Civil rights Term Paper

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civil rights




The Constitution Protects the Civil Rights of Americans but again the Constitution does
protect the civil rights of Americans. Even though some laws are passed that violate the
civil rights of people in the United States, the Supreme Court corrects these errors. The
cases reviewed here ask if it is okay to compose and mandate prayer in schools, whether
the death penalty is Constitutional, and how much privacy is given to the American people.
In the following Supreme Court cases, the reader will find that the decisions made are
Constitutional and ensure that the civil rights of Americans are protected. The First
Amendment to the Constitution forbids the government form supporting religion. In the
Supreme Court case, Engle v.. Vitale, a New York school system composed a prayer and
forced children to pray in the mornings at school. This action by the school system
clearly violates the "no establishment" clause of the First Amendment, which states,
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..." The Supreme Court
ruled six to one that it was unconstitutional for schools to compose and mandate prayer.
The Engle decision was a good decision. Since the government now had no say in how school
children prayed, the rights of minority religious groups were protected. This decision
ensures that students in schools across the country will not have to go against their
religion to please the government. Because this decision ensures the people's right to
worship in the way that they choose, American society as a whole benefits from this
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