A law in Ann Arbor could force conservatives to spread leftist talking points and get leftists elected.
Earlier this week, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a lawsuit on behalf of a conservative political firm, warning that Ann Arbor’s non-discrimination law would violate the free speech rights of conservatives.
Should the firm fail to comply with the law, they could face $500 daily fines. ADF is currently representing Grant Strobl and Jacob Chludzinski, the founders of the company ThinkRight Strategies.
ADF Legal Counsel Green told PJ Media that “On the face of the law, it is illegal for Grant and Jacob to decline a request to promote, for example, a Democrat running for office or Planned Parenthood because that would be discrimination based on political beliefs under the law.”
Green continued, stating that “Public accommodations laws across the country have been used to force people to express messages that violate their convictions”, citing the cases of Christian baker Jack Phillips and Christian florist Barronelle Stutzman. These two individuals gained wall-to-wall coverage for refusing to use their services to celebrate a same-sex wedding, due to their beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman.
However, state agencies in Colorado and Washington state ruled that they had discriminated against individuals based on their sexual orientation. ADF came to both of their defenses in the name of free speech.
Green said that “Grant and Jacob, like all of Alliance Defending Freedom’s clients, will work with people from all backgrounds. There are simply messages they cannot promote.”
The legal counsel added, “Everyone should be concerned when the government steps in and starts compelling people to advocate for views they oppose.”
He also argued that “Ann Arbor’s law would force Grant and Jacob, who started a political consulting firm, to advocate for their conservative political beliefs, to advance political causes that they oppose. The government should never force people to express political causes that violate their convictions.”
PJ Media reports that Ann Arbor’s “non-discrimination law is extremely broad and open to abuse.” The law categorizes a “place of public accommodation” as any “business … whose goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages or accommodations are extended, offered, sold or otherwise made available to the public.”
Such companies are prohibited from discriminating based on political beliefs.
The ADF lawyer pointed out that “Ann Arbor’s law is quite broad.” According to him, it “even prohibits Grant and Jacob from putting a statement on their website that they will only advance conservative beliefs and from having internal policies saying that.”
Regardless of where people stand on the political divide, all of them should be supporting Grant and Jacob in this lawsuit because people should be able to determine for themselves which political causes they promote. If Grant and Jacob were to post an explanation on their website of the political beliefs they can and cannot advance or to decline to write a speech for a Democrat’s campaign, they could face fines of up to $500 per day.
Many Americans take their free speech rights for granted.
With how emboldened the cultural and political Left have become since Trump was elected, they are no longer pulling punches when it comes to infringing on basic American civil liberties.
This Ann Arbor case shows that the Left is willing to fight anywhere to undermine our rights. In turn, they must be confronted accordingly.
Ohio Republican Rob Portman Announces that He Won’t Be Seeking Re-Election
America first nationalists must capitalize on this opening in the senate.
On January 25, 2021, Ohio Senator Rob Portman announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2022. The 2022 election cycle will be a critical mid-term cycle which will determine what course the Republican Party will take in the wake of Trump’s defeat.
According to a report at The Epoch Times, Portman cited “partisan gridlock in Congress and political polarization” as his main reasons for leaving the Senate.
“I feel fortunate to have been entrusted by the people of Ohio to represent them in the U.S. Senate. Today, I am announcing that I have made a decision not to run again in 2022,” Portman said in a statement.
The Republican senator continued, “I don’t think any Senate office has been more successful in getting things done, but honestly, it has gotten harder and harder to break through the partisan gridlock and make progress on substantive policy, and that has contributed to my decision.”
In Portman’s view, the United States has become “increasingly polarized where members of both parties are being pushed further to the right and further to the left, and that means too few people who are actively looking to find common ground.” Portman also contended that “This is not a new phenomenon, of course, but a problem that has gotten worse over the past few decades.” He concluded by stating that “This is a tough time to be in public service.”
Portman accompanies his colleagues Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and North Carolina Senator Richard Burr in retiring from office. Portman’s presence won’t be missed. He voted for the Iraq War and even betrayed President Trump by voting against his national emergency declaration at the border. To add insult to injury, Portman has routinely talked smack about President Trump behind his back.
2022 is shaping up to be an interesting year for Republicans with numerous seats in play. With regards to open seats, there will be unique opportunities for America First nationalists to shine in. Ohio is ground zero for the emerging populist realignment taking place in America. Once a state that could go either way during a given election cycle, Ohio is now a safe Republican state.
America First nationalists should milk this opening for what it’s worth and place a staunch nationalist to run for the open GOP seat in 2022. This will be the first midterm where populists can begin purging the party of neocons and other establishment types.
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