Cantwell V. Connecticut Case Study

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In the Cantwell v. Connecticut case, Newton Cantwell and his two sons, Jesse and Russell, were convicted of two crimes that breached the Connecticut state law. The Cantwells were members of the Jehovah’s witnesses and claimed to be ordained ministers, due to their religious practices they believed that it was their duty to carry their messages to others. In order to spread their message, they carried along religious materials such as pamphlets, records, books, and also had a record player that played a recording called “Enemies”, which expressed Anti-Catholicism.
The initial issue in this situation is the neighborhood the Cantwells were promoting their religion, Cassius Street of New Haven, is a heavily populated with Roman Catholics. Jesse
Cantwell stopped
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But, when you really take into consideration that the only way to determine the Cantwells religious intentions would be to question the religion itself, which is highly unethical for the government to decide. I whole heartedly agree with the
Supreme Courts decision to overturn the inciting of the breach of peace charge as well. By no means should someone acting peacefully be punished for the over emotional and aggressive actions for someone else. People could also argue that the Cantwells could have known better than to spread their message to a predominantly Roman Catholic neighborhood, it still is not enough to hold them responsible for others reactions. Though there are are certain cases in which people choose to be antagonizing and persistent, I could understand a person being pushed to react in a negative way, but in this case the two catholic men let their emotions get the best of them. The Connecticut v. Cantwell case was a milestone because the Court applied the 1st and 14th amendment, freedom of exercise and equal protection, to the states. It established the fact that state and federal governments did not have the right to impose on individual’s

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