The paper should be a minimum of 3 pages in length, double spaced.
It should be in essay format which includes an introduction that contextualizes your paper within the themes of this course, supporting paragraphs that present summary, analysis, opinion, and evidence and a conclusion that brings it together, offers an opinion and provides a solution to the problem, or a prediction of its future impact.
You will need to use outside sources to complete this paper, be sure to include in text citations and a works cited page (MLA or APA is fine).(Does not count toward length).
Some of the cases have multiple rights involved. There may be civil rights, religious rights, criminal activity, freedom of speech, parental right issues etc. It is ok, and probably very beneficial, to comment on this but make sure you are approaching the topic from the perspective of religious freedoms and rights.
Questions to address:
Why is religious liberty important to America?
Summarize the case: it’s context, the question argued, the parties involved, and the court’s decision.
Was there a dissenting opinion?
Do you agree with the Court’s decision? Or do you sympathize with the dissenting view? Explain your answer.
What is the impact of this decision? How does it reflect or impact the way Americans (especially minorities if applicable) understanding of the place of religion in the public sphere?
Is the issue presented in the paper still present in contemporary society? (has it been resolved?)
What risks/consequences might it have in the future?
Court Cases related to First Amendment (RELIGIOUS) Issues:
Reynolds v. United States (1871): Polygamy