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.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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