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You Cant Say That!

AP Gov Blog Post Jake Henson Vocabulary Terms 1. Civil Liberties rights and freedoms given to American citizens based on the 1st Amendment a. An expansion of antidiscrimination laws to try to equalize all citizens has resulted in conflict with protecting Americans civil liberties. st 2. 1 Amendment freedom of speech, press, expression, assembly, religion, and petition a. In the 1990s, court rulings refused to give civil liberties in cases that potentially harmed antidiscrimination. 3. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission federal agency that enforces laws against workplace discrimination a. The EEOC helped a group of librarians from Minneapolis find they had probable cause in their sexual harassment complaint after viewing offensive images on a patrons computer. Summary David Bernstein looks into how moralistic activists have threatened our civil liberties with the growing urge to end any form of discrimination. Bernstein tells many anecdotes about people who have had their civil liberties jeopardized by antidiscrimination laws. He argues that civil liberties stand of much more importance than antidiscrimination, and that we cannot afford to endanger our civil liberties to achieve a more just society. His stories of the antidiscrimination law monopoly range from controlling hostile public and workplace environments to lawsuits against private schools moral beliefs. Bernsteins main focus remains on problems on college campuses. He mostly wants readers to realize that in todays times, civil liberties are being sacrificed in order to protect people from being discriminated against. Evaluation The article, You Cant Say That, explains the civil liberties, rights and freedoms we are given to by the First Amendment. With our countries harsh racial discriminant history, it is at no surprise that our civil liberties have at times been overlooked to protect people from any sort discrimination. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 still has its holes in stopping discrimination today. Court rulings from punishment for not casting a pregnant woman as a bimbo in a soap opera to refusing to share a room with a gay roommate are simply absurd. As the conflict between antidiscrimination and civil liberties remains unsolved, it is known that the federal government fears more to have all charges dropped and no verdict being made, than just not granting a persons civil liberties. That is the problem. The government is more willing to throw out our rights and liberties to make everyone feel equal. If this continues to occur, American citizens may as well give up on being individuals at all. Problems with public universities have arisen more and more prevalent. Public universities have established strict speech codes to try to prevent any discrimination against women, African Americans,

You Cant Say That!


AP Gov Blog Post Jake Henson or any other groups. This clearly violates students rights to free speech given by the First Amendment. The absurdity of schools codes, like the University of Marylands, are so strict that they are nearly impossible to follow. How is it possible to go through school, if restrictions are taken literally, without being allowed to compliment another student? It is just senseless for someone to not be able to say, I like your shirt without risk of blamed of sexual harassment. Yes, there are some people who dress to where a compliment could be sexual harassment, but if they are willing to wear it, then they should be willing to take what is coming. Antidiscrimination laws should be handled based on the First Amendment. No matter what the verdict, there will always be someone unhappy. That just shows the imperfections of the world. But, our Constitution and Bill of Rights were ratified for a reason, and that wasnt to be ignored. Denying a person his/her civil liberties denies that person the First Amendment. This would make the courts ruling unconstitutional. The Constitution, not a persons opinion, is meant to give basis for a verdict. This article proves that Americans need to keep their eyes open and their civil liberties close, because every year they seem to slip away more and more. Antidiscrimination should never overrule civil liberties.