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Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Answer all three parts.
1. Visit the University of Alaska Anchorage web site on the death penalty and examine the various issues presented. Then visit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) web site and at least one other anti-death penalty site*. Then visit the pro-death penalty site of the Clark County, Indiana Prosecutor and at least one other pro-death penalty site*. Each organization expresses strong opinions on the death penalty. Contrast their positions on this issue. On what foundations do their opinions rest? How do you personally feel about this issue? Has the information gained in this search influenced your opinion? Compare the pro & anti presentations to the “objective” approach of the University of Alaska site. Which is more effective politically?
University of Alaska Anchorage: https://justice.uaa.alaska.edu/death/index.html (Links to an external site.)
ACLU: https://www.aclu.org/issues/capital-punishment (Links to an external site.)
Clark County, Indianahttps://www.clarkprosecutor.org/html/death/death.htm (Links to an external site.)
Death Penalty in the News: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/texas-executes-marvin-wilson-claims-iq-article-1.1131326?localLinksEnabled=false (Links to an external site.)
*Identify additional sites for pro/anti – death penalty information by listing the URL (address) and briefly describe the site. Is it a reliable source of information? Does it provide statistical or other kinds of evidence? What can you learn about the organizations or individuals who sponsor the web site?
2. Look at the following sites on religious liberty:
https://topics.law.cornell.edu/wex/establishment_clause (Links to an external site.) (look at the linked cases)
here is the decision in Salazar v. Buono : https://www.oyez.org/cases/2000-2009/2009/2009_08_472 (Links to an external site.)
https://www.aclu.org/religion-belief/free-exercise-religion (Links to an external site.)
Here’s a news story that adds an interesting dimension to the debate:
https://articles.latimes.com/print/2011/may/19/opinion/la-oe-mcmanus-mosques-20110519 (Links to an external site.)
Update here: https://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/19/us/judge-allows-muslims-to-use-murfreesboro-mosque.html?smid=pl-share (Links to an external site.)
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With evidence from these sites discuss briefly the constitutional issues surrounding religious freedom and what you think would be the most effective way to protect the rights of religious groups without imposing religion on others?
3. Look at the issues related to the American flag at the links below. Examine those both for and against and the opinion of the Supreme Court. Which do you agree with and why?
TEXAS v. JOHNSON, 491 U.S. 397 (1989)
https://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=us&vol=491&invol=397 (Links to an external site.) or
https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0491_0397_ZS.html (Links to an external site.)
Oral Arguements : https://www.oyez.org/cases/1980-1989/1988/1988_88_155/ (Links to an external site.)
ACLU https://www.aclu.org/issues/free-speech/rights-protesters/flag-desecration (Links to an external site.)
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Flag Burning Page https://www.esquilax.com/flag/ (Links to an external site.)
Citizens Flag Alliance https://www.cfa-inc.org/ (Links to an external site.)
all sources are here and those website need to be looked up. please be specific on the answers