Anastasiya Titarenko is a junior majoring in Religious Studies. She has spent the fall semester interning for a non-profit in Wellington, New Zealand.
Classification matters. In North Dakota, it arguably permits the violation of one’s First Amendment rights.
The First Amendment states that:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Seemingly explicit, the Amendment actually leaves room for interpretation.
To start, who gets to decide what “peaceably assemble” means? Continue reading