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Freedom of Speach, Religion and Present Assembly
The First Amendment
· Right of Americans to worship
o Freedom of region
o Separation of church and state
· Freedom of Speech
o Not unlimited
o Prohibits slander and libel
§ Slander – false speech intended to damage person’s reputation
§ Libel – false written or published statement intended to damage person’s reputation
o Limited to endangering Nation
o Right to assemble in groups
· Freedom of Press
o Expression of ideas, newspapers, radio, televisions, movies and the internet
o American Press not subject to: Prior Restraint-
§ Government cannot censor info before it is published or broadcast
Opponents called it an "insult," "demeaning" and a "house of evil," but the angry protests did not stop an advisory board from approving plans to build a mosque and Islamic center two blocks from the site of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
In a heated, four hour meeting Tuesday night, Community Board 1, which represents the area of lower Manhattan that includes Ground Zero, voted 29-1 in favor of the proposal. There were 10 abstentions. At the raucous meeting, some relatives carried signs with the faces of 9/11 victims, reflecting still-raw emotions nearly a decade after the terrorist attacks.
"This is an insult," said one of the more than 150 people at the meeting. "This is demeaning. This is humiliating that you would build a shrine to the very ideology that inspired the attacks on 9/11."