Court Case Decisions for Amendment I, IV, and VIII Essay

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Amendment I:
1.) Van Orden v. Perry (2005), 545 U.S. 677, 125 S. Ct. 2854
2.) The case was brought to state court by Thomas Van Orden over a monument that had the Ten Commandments engraved upon it. The monument was given to the Texas government and governor Rick Perry. The monument was erected between the State Capitol and the State Supreme Court. Van Orden argues that the monument violates the 1st Amendment’s Establishment Clause. The Establishment Clause, which is the one of the first clauses in the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, states that the United States Congress should not enact any law in respect to any religion.
3.) The decision of the United States Supreme Court was that the monument was in no way unconstitutional, thus meaning that the monument does not violate the First Amendment.
4.) The Supreme Court decided that the monument conveyed more of a historic and social connotation rather than it being intended as a religious encouragement. The S.C. also believed that since it was made clear (directly on the monument itself) whom it was from (the Fraternal Order of Eagles), that it was not unconstitutional. However, had the monument not had “dedicated to the people and youth of Texas by…” it may have been misconstrued as being erected by the Texas government, which then would have most likely been deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
5.) I do agree with the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Van Orden v. Perry because it was not the state…