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California Law Would Allow the State to Control Free Speech, Says AMAC

California flag liberal state democrat free speechIt’s an infamous piece of legislation that directly and blatantly violates the right of free speech

WASHINGTON, DC, Jan 26 – The Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC] sought last week to focus attention on a pending Supreme Court case that poses a new threat to our Constitutional right of free speech.

AMAC president Dan Weber said that a news article posted on the AMAC Web site last week caught the attention of the association’s membership offering their own comments on the matter.  But, he added, apparently independent media outlets remain unaware of its importance or are choosing to ignore its significance.

“The case involves a California law that requires pro-life crisis-pregnancy centers to promote abortion in their ads that offer right to life counseling and services,” Weber explained.  He called it an “infamous” piece of legislation that directly and blatantly violates the right of free speech by compelling those centers to include abortion as an option in their ads.

The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) is the plaintiff in the case against the state of California.  Forty-one organizations that “advocate for free speech, religious liberty, and the rights of the unborn” filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of NIFLA’s claim.  In it they explained that “In this case, the state knows full well that it is compelling speech, and it knows full well that it is compelling speech on matters of deep moral, religious, and political dispute.”

Says Weber: “what part of the first amendment does California not understand?  It states clearly that no law can be enacted ‘respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech.’  It seems to me that that is exactly what California did when it enacted its law forcing pro-life advocates to publicly acknowledge abortion as an alternative.  What’s next?  Will they pass a law compelling brick-and-mortar retailers to include a message that the same products they sell are available online from Web-based vendors such as Amazon?”

Weber said that this case is not about abortion or the pro-life movement; it is about free speech.  And he pointed to a Supreme Court case that was heard in 1949 and in which Justice William O. Douglas wrote the majority opinion.  Douglas explained clearly what the fuss is all about in that opinion: “The function of free speech under our system of government is to invite dispute.  It may indeed best serve its high purpose when it induces a condition of unrest, creates dissatisfaction with conditions as they are, or even stirs people to anger.  Speech is often provocative and challenging.  It may strike at prejudices and preconceptions that have profound unsettling effects as it pressures for the acceptance of an idea.”

Weber pointed out that “It was the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that declared the state’s law is Constitutional because it ‘regulates only unprotected commercial speech.’  In other words, the court is claiming that non-profit pro-life counselors should be treated as commercial entities because they engage in fund-raising.  If that’s what they believe then all nonprofit organizations that engage in fund raising need beware.  Mark Rienzi, a prominent professor of law, says that ‘standard would turn every nonprofit in the country into a commercial speaker and give the government enormous power to regulate the speech of every nonprofit’—even your church around the corner.”

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Amelia Little
2 years ago

From the wording, I am thinking that say, Planned Parenthood wouldn’t be considered the same as a pro-life organization, even though they have to get their money from somewhere above and beyond taxpayers’ money. Shouldn’t PP be required by CA law to also advertise and counsel their customers about options other than abortion? From what I read about some of the extreme liberal laws by the legislature in CA, one would wonder if, at some point, there would be a panel that is going to decide about abortion. You know, it would be a law to have to report the pregnancy to this panel, and they would tell you whether or not you are going to deliver or abort. God, I hope no CA legislature reads this, it might give them ideas if they haven’t already come up with it on their own. And, I wonder if at some point they will find a way to determine if a poster is from CA, and find a way to arrest them for non-liberal responses.

Wylie
2 years ago

Why do these politician still have their jobs! Why are they not standing before a judge for treason and sedition against the Constitution and the Country! Draining the swamp is not happing fast enough! We need to remember we have an election coming up in November. We the American People need to Vote! We to remove these cancerous politicians that are killing our Country! Right after WWII, Communists said the would take America without firing a shot. I would not have believed this, if I had not seen what has happened to this Country over my life time! I’m afraid for my Children and their Children!

Hank
2 years ago

A “commercial business” should not have to promote something contrary to their business. Pro-life should promote pro-life. However, unless it changes its name to Anti-Parenthood, Planned Parenthood should promote all sorts of ways to plan for being a parent. The Planned Parenthood organization stands to suffer more hardship than pro-life groups.

John F
2 years ago

I am not surprised that the current rulers/tyrants of California continue to thrust their perverted views/beliefs on the unfortunate inhabitants of that state. Perhaps the recently reported (1-15-18) Declaration of Independence by the group pushing for the “State of New California” will change all of this. Last I heard, they were close to their goal of getting 2/3 of the counties in that state to petition congress and their government to allow this group to break away from the current state and to form the 51st State of the union. I wish them God-speed and success in this endeavor. To learn more, visit http://www.newcaliforniastate.com.

Gary Zeiher
2 years ago

Where the hell are those Californians who are totally against this kind of thing!? Surely there are more than a few California residents who do not appreciate the elte few ramming things like this down their throats. Yes the lamestream media outlets are either ignorant or just flat refuse to address these matters; most likely both. I don’t know off hand what Californias population is but I’ll wager there are many more who are against these elites who see themselves as the prime movers and shakers. I’ll also wager Hollywood’s elites are a large part of those who have appointed themselves as the all knowing, all powerful “leaders”. If there those Californians who vehemently oppose this crap they had best start speaking up.

SlipperCity
2 years ago

I do not ONE PENNY of our tax dollars to be given to California. They are spending themselves (and us) into bankruptcy. Let ’em leave the US and see where they end up!

CHARLY
2 years ago

It is time that we control these communists as part of our constitutional republic. California has no right to destroy our right of free speech anywhere in the country and if they continue on this effort we need to ask real participants of democracy in that state ‘just where the hell are you residents that value your own freedoms given you by the Constitution’. Wake up and do something before they destroy your state! Or we will!

Louis Smith
2 years ago

The Ninth Circuit Judges should be required to take a refresher course in Constitution 101, because it appears that they are all totally unfamiliar with it.

HAM
Reply to  Louis Smith
2 years ago

The ninth district court needs to be split up. They have always made judicial decisions based on personal political agendas.

PaulE
Reply to  HAM
2 years ago

The majority of the judges on the ninth circuit court need to be removed from their position by Congress, via the impeachment process. Of course that would require Congress to actually do their job, which is why so many unqualified and biased judges currently sit on the ninth circuit court bench in the first place. The Senate treating these appointments as largely a rubber stamp instead of doing a rigorous background check of these people during their review has allowed the left to load up too many federal judgships with people who rule based on personal political bias and NOT the Constitution.

Mickey D
Reply to  Louis Smith
2 years ago

The Ninth Circuit Court is NOT a balanced court. It is pure Libtard and no Conservatives can even make a difference there, because they are totally outnumbered by the Libtards. The worst of it. . .These judges are appointed not elected, which means until they die or resign, they are the judges for the long haul.

Texas Belle
2 years ago

California has become a full blown Communist state with its own laws defying Federal laws and the Constitution. The Justice Department should take action to bring them into compliance with Federal laws.

R.Bell
2 years ago

Seemingly being of the same ideology, Governor Brown and all of the Capitol democrats should move to the caves of ISIS. They all want to destroy this country.

Dick Albright
2 years ago

Jerry Brown has forgotten everything he learned in the Seminary…and in ‘How to Govern-101’. Even China considers conception to be the beginning of “life”…even though “birth” is only defined as:

“the emergence of a baby or other young from the body of its mother; the start of life as a physically separate being.” (note “start…separate” not “beginning”)

Only Thoroughbred horses are “born” on the first day of January (even though life may begin on 28 December of that year.

The US and Ron Kovic were “Born On The Fourth Of July”…but conceived and ‘living’ much earlier in their existence…as memorialized by Bruce Springsteen…in some ‘liberalized’ sense of ‘Patriotism(?)’!

Jack Wolford
2 years ago

AMAC needs to voice more of this stuff then to give my e-mail to every commercial enterprise they endorse, ie Insurance companies that don’t discount to their members. I have been a member of AMAC for several years I didn’t renew my membership because I didn’t see much of this type of action. Instead I was inundated with ads. Keep it up I may rejoin. Remember conservative people join your org. because AARP sponsors a liberal agenda they oppose,

Richard
2 years ago

What is happening in California today is similar to what happened in Germany in the 1930s. The NAZIs got control of the government legally through the electoral process because the German people were ambivalent to democratic principles. Once in power, the NAZIs quickly inacted legislation to control speech because they knew controlling information and knowledge would enable them to maintain control of the country. This is how dictators of all stripes stay in power. We are deluding ourselves if we think this kind of thing can not happen in America. Now is not the time for political ambivalence. Americans must protect our rights, otherwise we will surely lose them “California socialism”.

Joanna
Reply to  Richard
2 years ago

In the same vein of defending freedom of speech, a supermarket called Publix is arbitrarily covering up with plastic, the cover of the National Inquirer. Ask yourself why only that rag magazine has been singled out, and the manager told me that “some people find it offensive.” The reason why some people find it offensive is that it’s the only rag magazine that defends President Trump! Yes, this is what the Nazis did coming into power – burn books they found “offensive,” and destroyed print shops they found “offensive.” I told the manager that this is a dangerous precedent, and would take it as far as I can to reverse this practice. I wonder if others notice the same nonsense going on. We must act, and defend our freedoms before it’s too late.

Donl
2 years ago

Is this the beginning of the end, for Freedom ?? Sure looks like it. Tell ya what; IF Hillary had won; Soros & Obama would be in control, Hillary would have been their Puppet, you and I would have been Comrades, without Guns & Free speech. It was that close folks. I fear the day if the Demo-Commies ever regain control, next time they won’t be nice about it, they will stab us in the back as soon as they gain control.

Jim McPhee
2 years ago

Who gives a darn what Hollywood dose or dose not do those people are completely immaterial to me.

CGA
Reply to  Jim McPhee
2 years ago

That is called ambivalence, and that is why so many of this type of “law” gets enacted. It does matter what these snowflake, socialist/communist liberals say because the rest of the snowflakes take it as gospel truth. People need to wake up and oppose these freaks. That is why we have governor Moonbeam and AG Baccera and lt. gov. Gavin Newsom in power. we need to get out and vote them out of office. There should be 100% conservative participation in every election. No more ambivalence.

Hammer
2 years ago

The legislation strikes me as extremely hypocritical. When pro-life advocates proposed that Planned Parenthood be required to discussion adoption as an alternative to abortion, the extreme left’s position was that “we couldn’t allow that”. Now the shoe is on the other foot and they want to require pro-life crisis centers to provide the abortion option? Someone needs to get ahold of themselves. George Orwell’s 1984 has been here for a long time and it is ramping up.

Jim Ingram
2 years ago

This sort of attack on the First Amendment should come as no surprise, given California’s track record on the Second Amendment. Vigilance is the price of freedom — thanks, Dan.

Ralph N
2 years ago

California seems to be on the wrong side of every issue you can imagine. From politics, immigration, environment, etc.. I guess that is the reason so many American citizens are moving out to other parts of this beautiful country of ours. But the problem is that for ever American that moves out there is a person from somewhere else that replaces them illegally and the state is protecting them by giving them sanctuary. I would live in California if gave the house free.

Dave
Reply to  Ralph N
2 years ago

I think you meant “wouldn’t” live in CA.
I share your feelings on that.
Occasionally I have to travel to CA for work, fortunately to central CA instead of the libtard capitals of LA and SF.
In talking to the locals, I actually feel sorry for them, as they have no say in their government. The libtard hoards in SF and LA simply dominate every election.

Perhaps votes should be divided proportionally to the area of land that each individual owns, to help shift the balance to those who actually have some skin in the game. ;-)

Mickey D
Reply to  Dave
2 years ago

In all honesty, you are seeing Gerrymandering to the “inth degree” in California. This is how they can keep the Dimwits in charge. Jerry Brown is a complete POS and always has been, his father was the same. Jerry Brown has ruined California twice, now. The first time he destroyed the surplus that was made during Gov. Reagan’s term. The people of California worked hard to eliminate the deficit spending and balance, to make a surplus. Jerry Brown in his first term of 4 years completely destroyed the surplus. I moved from my beloved home state and I must admit, today I am glad that I did. It took me years to feel that way, but now I feel like a Southerner since living in Georgia these past 33+ years.

Maria+Gregory
Reply to  Ralph N
2 years ago

I live in CA and plan on moving out of state as I cannot take what this state has turned into, mostly the people at the state capital who are running things and I think Gov. Brown and his AG Becerra have lost their minds completely to the illegal immigrants who seem more important to them than we, the legal citizens and tax payers who are carrying the load, so to speak. I’ve been in CA since 1960 and haven’t seen anything as bad as it is today, let alone it being the most expensive state to live in too!!! It is just too disgusting anymore and will probably just get worse, when they divide the state and have a “New California”……..too outrageous! If an illegal replaces me when I leave, it’s not my problem as I know I will not be supporting that person to live free in the state!

Ed Weber
2 years ago

Wow! The Republicans need to move out pronto on shrinking the Ninth Circuit. It should only cover California, Washington, and North Korea. Maybe Venezuela too.

Martin
Reply to  Ed Weber
2 years ago

Oregon to.

bug in AZ
Reply to  Ed Weber
2 years ago

Great point…Cleanse the 9th circuit….and now!!!

Dorothy Thorsen
Reply to  Ed Weber
2 years ago

There are a number of us in Washington that do NOT agree with the far left liberals -who are located mostly in the Seattle/Tacoma area. Eastern Washington is Very Conservative – but good ole Seattle always seems to run the show. That and the fact that we have Two far-left liberal senators, cantwell and murray and an obama clone for governor !! More’s the Shame !!!

Robby
2 years ago

It’s time for martial law and a take over of the “country” called CALIFORNIA…set the people free and start completely over. A revolution once and awhile is a good thing…someone famous said that somewhere, can’t remember…

Donl
Reply to  Robby
2 years ago

Alec Baldwin in the movie Red October. Baldwin in real life is a loser Demo-Commie.

CGA
Reply to  Robby
2 years ago

I think it was Captain Rameus in “Hunt for Red October” who said it.

Michael ODonnell
Reply to  Robby
2 years ago

I believe it was Thomas Jefferson.