The Civil Rights Of The United States

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The First Amendment guarantees U.S citizen with basic freedoms such as religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. In the 2010 case between Salazar and Buono, the First Amendment was put on trial in the Supreme Court Justice. The Supreme Court examined whether a religious cross, meant to honor World War I Veterans, violated the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment. Frank Buono, a former preserve employee, filed the lawsuit to get rid of the religious cross in the reserve permanently, stating that it was built on federal land thus creating a sense of favoritism of one religion over another in government. By establishing favoritism towards Christianity the U.S government violated the Establishment Clause. This paper analyzes the rhetorical situation between the governments interference within religion Rhetorical Situation Audience The individuals that felt strongest during this court case were War Veterans who felt the cross was not symbolic of their own religion. For example, there were Jewish and Muslim Veterans during this period who were especially against the symbolic cross as their remembrance. Non-christian veterans associated the cross to Jesus Christ, a man who in their religion was not their savior. In addition, petitioners also felt as though the cross was not a fair representation for all the Veterans that had died holding onto beliefs that were not represented by the cross. Other petitioners felt that the government had seized their religious cross as
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