The First Amendment–particularly the rights of freedom of speech, freedom from government-established religion, and freedom to practice religion– is one of the most important and controversial parts of U.S. law. The Ethical movement has long been a player in the struggle for these rights, both as one of the influences that created the ACLU and as a minority religion in one of the most publicly religious countries in the world.
Ethical Culture philosophy suggests that diversity and the ability to listen to views with which we disagree are requirements of ethical living.
But what are the limits of First Amendment rights, and what are the responsibilities that go along with these rights? Where are the lines between censorship, tolerance, and encouragement? This Sunday we’ll look at first amendment rights and controversies as they relate to our ethical growth, our Ethical Society, and our nation.