First Amendment

Local News
9:06 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Firing Of Charlotte City Employee Over Facebook Post Highlights First Amendment Debate

First Amendment tablet 'mural' at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Credit dbking / Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

A City of Charlotte fire investigator is out of a job because of a Facebook post in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri riots. It’s the first time a Charlotte city employee has been fired over a posting on social media. An attorney for the investigator says the city overreached.

So what are the First Amendment rights of public employees?


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Religion
5:58 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Decision May Impact Rowan County Prayer Dispute

The Rowan County Commission praying at the beginning of its October 21, 2013 meeting.
Credit Rowan County

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that opening prayers with references to Christianity during government meetings do not violate the U.S. Constitution.

This decision may impact a trial in Rowan County filed by residents who say they feel excluded when county commissioners open council meetings in the name of Jesus.

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Charlotte Observer
10:08 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Lawsuits Prompt Pause For Some Sectarian Prayers

The longstanding practice of opening Charlotte-area government meetings with a Christian prayer has come under increasing attack by residents and outside groups.

It’s a battle that is also unfolding from California to New York, and the issue is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause prohibits the government from favoring one religion over another. When government prayers invoke Jesus, civil liberties groups and other critics say it violates constitutional rights.

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