Essay on America 's Civil Liberties And Civil Rights

762 Words Apr 27th, 2016 4 Pages
There are many important court cases in the past, such as Brown v Board, and Plessy v Ferguson. Surprisingly, there are still court cases today that challenge society’s civil liberties and civil rights. Agency for International Development v Alliance for Open Society International, Inc is a court case settled in 2013 that challenged the First Amendment.
In 2003, an act was passed and signed by President Bush to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Billions of dollars were given by Congress to fund nongovernmental organizations to assist this act. This court case challenged the government because the act states that in order for the organizations to receive the funds from the government, the organization must abide by governmental policies. These policies include efforts to be against prostitution and sex trafficking, and the funds cannot be used to promote the legalization or the practice of prostitution or sex trafficking. Therefore, in the act it states that the recipients must “have a policy explicitly opposing prostitution.” The Bill of Rights applies to this court case because it draws on the First Amendment, which states “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech…” (First Amendment). This case relates to the First Amendment because it challenges whether or not citizens born in the United States have the basic rights such as freedom of speech. This amendment has evolved throughout time by introducing new court cases that…

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