Christmas Trees in the Workplace and the First Amendment: An Overview of the Issue

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OUTLINE Overview Presentation of the issue Christmas Trees in the Workplace and the First Amendment a. The First Amendment Review b. Review framing of Constitution vis-Ã -vis 1st Amendment c. Political and social context d. Evolution of political and social context in relation to 1st Amendment The First Amendment as Freedom of Speech and Religious Expression Interpretation of Freedom of Speech Interpretation of Freedom of Religious Expression Limits to Amendment in contemporary society Literature Review Pre-1990 writings Contemporary scholarship Ethical considerations utilitarianism and deontology Historical Court Cases Historiography of Issue Evolution of Court's opinion and interpretation of the issue Polarized Views Pro and Con of allowing Christmas Trees in workplace Christmas Trees should be part of protected 1st Amendment Rights Christmas Trees are an expression of religion, and therefore are not Protected for public view in workplace Conclusions and Further Research Table of Contents Abstract Page 3 Arguments Page 4 Overview- The First Amendment Page 4 Interpretation of Religious Freedom Page 6 Literature Review Page 8 Utilitarianism and Deontology Page 10 Historiography of the Issue The High Court Page 12 Polarized Views Page 15 Conclusions Page 15 References Page 17 Abstract The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States clearly states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or

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