FIRST AMENDMENT / FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS INITIATIVE:
Description and Guidelines
The J. Reuben Clark Law Society (“JRCLS”), as part of its mission to perform
“public service” that helps “promote fairness and virtue founded upon the rule of
law,” announces its “First Amendment / Fundamental Freedoms Initiative.”
JRCLS seeks to encourage its members, in their individual capacities, to find
ways to support and promote the fundamental freedoms reflected in the First
Amendment of the United States Constitution, and similar worldwide documents,
including freedom of religion and freedom of expression.
Objectives: To assist JRCLS members by providing a variety of materials from which they can
choose and select, and to which they can add, as they perform individual public service learning,
sharing and teaching about fundamental freedoms. To accomplish this purpose, JRCL will:
(1) Promote discussion in local chapter meetings and elsewhere of the fundamental freedoms
embodied in the First Amendment and in other constitutions and “bills of rights;”
(2) Maintain a web-page (www.jrcls.org/first_amendment/) on which JRCLS members can
find materials from multiple sources about the First Amendment and related worldwide
principles, including original texts, background information, case law, and lesson plans;
(3) Facilitate and encourage the sharing (through “wikis” and other means) of JRCLS
member experiences regarding, among other things, teaching formats, appropriate
teaching opportunities, organizations with similar objectives.
This Initiative will assist members in their personal public service, and is consistent with divine
injunctions to “befriend” the “constitutional law of the land” (D&C 98:6), and to maintain it for
the “rights and protection of all flesh” (D&C 101:77).
Participation: JRCLS encourages its members to learn about these fundamental freedoms, and
find ways to share and promote them. JRCLS members might:
Volunteer to teach these principles to, e.g., their local JRCLS chapters, student groups,
civic gatherings, church and other groups, or in continuing education classes;
Contribute to the discussion of these principles in newspaper or magazine “op-ed” pages,
on social media web sites, on blogs, or elsewhere;
Participate on school boards, city councils, or other government committees to assure
that fundamental freedoms and the First Amendment are defended and promoted;
Participate with other like-minded individuals or organizations that similarly promote
fundamental freedoms like those embodied in the First Amendment;
Volunteer to help the First Amendment / Fundamental Freedoms Initiative committee.
Members are encouraged to reflect thoughtfully and then energetically implement their personal
ideas to support, teach and promote fundamental freedoms.