Culture War and Supreme Court

Drew Brinda

Elonis vs. United States (Currently)

Issue: The Supreme Court is hearing a case this week about Anthony Elonis, a
Pennsylvania man who was sentenced to four years in prison for posting
“explicit rap lyrics” to his Facebook page that expressed his desire
to kill his wife, shoot up an elementary school, and “slit the throat”
of the FBI agent who was investigating the fallout between him and his
estranged wife.


The rights involved: The Supreme Court is trying to determine if what Anthony did was a violation of the first amendment.


Impact: The Supreme Courts decision will impact society in a lot of different ways. Many people will be mad at the decision when others will think that the court made the right decision. Culture will really change depending on the verdict is this case.


Historical Significance: The ruling will effect what the historical significance will be of the case.

Walker v. Sons of Confederate Veterans (Currently)

Issue: The U.S. Supreme Court is slated to review whether Texas’ rejection of
a proposed license plate featuring the Confederate flag—a racially
divisive emblem from the Civil War era—violated the free-speech rights
of the group that wanted the special plates


The rights involved: The right that is involved is whether the act was due to free speech or not.


Impact: Depending on the Supreme Court's ruling, culture will change. Some people will have to take off flags on their cars or will be allowed to leave them up.


History Significance: The ruling will effect what the significance will be.

Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association (2011)

Issue: EMA, a trade association for the home entertainment
industry, challenged California's ban on the sale of violent video
games to minors. Before the justices heard the case, they had copies
of Medal of Honor and Resident Evil 4 delivered to the court so they
could figure out what playing a video game was like.


The rights involved: The right that was involved was whether the act was legal through the first amendment or not.


Impact: The gaming experience must have won the justices over.

They ruled that video games deserved First Amendment protection,
overturning California's law. "Like the protected books, plays and
movies that preceded them, video games communicate ideas—and even
social messages—through many familiar literary devices... and through
features distinctive to the medium," Scalia wrote in his pro-gamer
majority opinion.


History Significance: The first amendment said that it was legal.

Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal

Issue: It was a supreme court case that determined whether federal discrimination laws do or do not apply to religious organizations.


The rights involved: The right that was involved was whether the act was legal or not through the first amendment.


Impact: Employment Opportunity Commission was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court unanimously ruled that federal discrimination laws do not apply to religious organizations' selection of religious leaders.



Historical Significance: The case made it so religion does not interfere with the first amendment.

Two Supreme Courts that might leave after the 2016 election

One is Ruth Ginsberg who would leave because of her having cancer and being 81 years old. The other is Stephen Breyer, who should leave so another younger democrat can be appointed into office before President Obama leaves. The two vacancies will extremely affect the court because two more democrats will replace them making the democrats not lose any spots in the Supreme Courts.

Culture War

Overall, the culture war is affected by a lot of cases that happen in America today. Each different supreme court case affects how culture is and how culture changes. The supreme court's verdicts affect how the culture in the United States is today.