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Originally posted by elevatedone
reply to post by GENERAL EYES
Because no one remembers the lyrics to those songs
I rememeber when I was in grade school, we were taught those songs and more. Does anyone know if they still teach them to our children?
Darn shame if they don't.
In case you were waiting to hear who might be singing at the opening Inaugural event on Sunday before deciding whether to attend, here’s the initial lineup: Yes, Bruce Springsteen will be there. Also Beyonce Knowles. Stevie Wonder and will.i.am. And Bono. And Shakira. All at the same event. They’re singing at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday afternoon, with the program starting around 2:30 p.m.
Content-neutral restrictions (also called non-content-based restrictions) regulate speech without regard to its subject matter or the viewpoint conveyed. The Supreme Court has held that the “government may impose reasonable restrictions on the time, place, or manner of protected speech, provided the restrictions ‘are justified without reference to the content of the regulated speech, that they are narrowly tailored to serve a significant government interest, and that they leave open ample alternative channels for communication of the information.’” Such content-neutral restrictions may be permissible even when they incidentally affect the content of speech to some degree because, in most cases, such regulations “pose a less substantial risk of excising certain ideas or viewpoints from the public dialogue.”
Examples of content-neutral restrictions that have been held to be constitutional include laws that restrict the distribution of printed materials to prevent litter in a public space or laws that prohibit the use of loudspeakers in order to reduce noise. Facially neutral regulations, however, can be invalid if they have a disproportionate effect on a particular type of speech or expression.
Originally posted by drwizardphd
Well, at first the story shocked me, but on further consideration it makes sense.
Regardless of what the students were singing, the rules at that site are pretty simple. You simply aren't allowed to do a "performance" at the Lincoln Memorial.
The last time I was at the memorial it was a time of quiet reflection for me. I don't think I would have been too displeased if a group of students decided to start singing the national anthem, but it would have been somewhat disturbing to the peace.
I think this is a case of the security guards strictly following the rules (as they are supposed to) and the students violating the rules. The fact that they were singing the national anthem is not relevant to the reason they were asked to stop.