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Morelli 1 Krista Morelli Sociology 241 Roland Chilton 22 April 2008 In Defense of Our America: Jails, Homosexual Activities, and Academic Freedom Every citizen of the United States is guaranteed the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Constitution’s Bill of Rights defines these rights even farther to include such freedoms as speech, religion, and press. However, even though the Bill of Rights indefinitely provides protection for most aspects of every day life, it fails to discuss controversial issues that currently affect the lives of many Americans. As discussed in In Defense of Our America , by Anthony Romero, the perception of homosexual activities by the law, and the combination of academic freedom and required religious instruction are two controversial issues that have taken the country by storm in recent years. Such cases include that of Matthew Limon; a Kansas 18 year old caught having consensual sexual relations with a male minor, who was then given unequal and unfair treatment under the law because of his sexual orientation. Another controversial case concerned the teaching of Darwinism in a Dover, Pennsylvania school system, its direct conflict with the religious theory of creationism, and the school’s dismissal of such theories. Another issue that has come into the limelight of American politics is that of jailing and public defenders. Not only were most inmates in New Orleans’ correctional system black, but their overall treatment and representation during and after Hurricane Katrina was nowhere near humane. Such issues are not only controversial, but they are not mentioned in the constitution or the Bill of Rights, making opinions stronger and prospective laws regarding
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such issues more persuadable to such opinions. For all of these issues, there is one question- where do we, as a society, draw the line between what is acceptable behavior and what is
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This note was uploaded on 09/09/2008 for the course SOCIOLOGY 241 taught by Professor Chilton during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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