JUS 531 Week 6 Assignment 1, Religion and the Constitution
Examine the concept of establishment of religion and the relevancy of Zorach v. Clauson, 343 U.S. 306 (1952); Mueller v. Allen, 464 U.S. 388 (1983); and Rosenberger v. University of Virginia, 515 U.S. 819 (1995).
Write a 500-750 word essay that discusses the various court cases involving prisoner lawsuits and religion.
A minimum of one to two resources are required for this assignment.
JUS 531 Week 6 Assignment 2, Village School Board
You are the attorney for a village school board. The board wants to allow any teacher who so desires to provide a Christmas tree in the classroom during the Christmas season. They have invited you to the next board meeting to give your opinion as to whether the school district would violate the Constitution by allowing Christmas trees in the classroom.
Create a PowerPoint presentation (12-15 slides) that advises the school board of your decision and explains your rationale. Discuss principles of both freedom of expression and establishment of religion. Include detailed speaker notes and make sure the board understands the legal principles that form the basis of your opinion. Text is limited to no more than 5 lines per slide and 5 words per bulleted item.
Presentations should include the following:
Audience-appropriate slides, with detailed speaker notes that explain the key points listed on each slide.
Appropriate use of visual aids and elegant graphics.
Appropriate use of font sizes.
Major points clearly stated, supported by specific details, examples, or analysis, and organized logically.
JUS 531 Week 6 Discussion Question 1
Do you think the intent of the Establishment Clause was to prohibit the government from giving any aid to public institutions that include religious education? Why or why not?
JUS 531 Week 6 Discussion Question 2
Discuss the three tests as defined by the court in the Lemon case. Do you think these three cases inhibit freedom of speech? Explain your answer.