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First Amendment

Courtesy Yong Tang

When Dr. Kyu Ho Youm was moving to the United States from South Korea in 1980, it did not take long for him to recognize the freedoms Americans enjoyed.  He said South Korea was not as democratic then as it is now.

The Shop Talk panelists discuss the case of Patch.com reporter Joe Hosey.

Four scholars at Western Illinois University shared their perspectives on the First Amendment.

As this is written, it’s 50 years since arguments were made before the US Supreme Court in “Engel v. Vitale,” which a couple of months later resulted in a clarification of the “separation of church and state.”

As this is written, some Catholic Bishops, including His Excellency, Bishop Daniel Jenky of the Diocese of Peoria, continue to not-so-subtly attack government and to portray the church as victims (despite US Catholics numbering more than 68 million people and 76% of the country saying they are Christians.)