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Gingersnap
09-15-2010, 10:49 AM
Ohio Town Won't Allow Tea Party to Celebrate U.S. Constitution in Town Square
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
By Christopher Neefus

(CNSNews.com) – Local officials in Ohio’s Andover Township have denied the use of their public square for a celebration of Constitution Day because of the “political affiliation” of its organizers.

Several residents of the small central Ohio town formed The Andover Tea Party in May 2010, and in that same month, they asked to use the square for a rally to commemorate Constitution Day, which celebrates the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

But on July 19, a trustee informed one of the tea party organizers, Margaret Slingluff, that they would not be allowed to hold the event, which would have included singers performing patriotic songs and public policy-related speakers, in the square. In an official letter dated Aug. 25, the trustee said the reason was “due to your group’s political affiliation.”

A nonpartisan law center in the state, the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, has now filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of the Tea Party group, claiming their First Amendment rights are being violated.

“The first thing that you note is the extreme irony of the unconstitutional prohibition of the commemoration of the Constitution,” Executive Director Maurice Thompson, the lawyer of record on the case, told CNSNews.com of the incident.

“[A]nd the second thing that’s notable is either the extreme arrogance or ignorance of many local government officials. There’s so much focus on federal government, yet some of the worst actors are at the ground level,” Thompson said.

“The government’s action in this case, ironically, demonstrates the need for greater public understanding of Constitutional rights,” Thompson added in a written statement. “One way to do that is through commemoration of Constitution Day.”

You could not make this stuff up. :mad:

CNS (http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/75299)

Wei Wu Wei
09-15-2010, 10:54 AM
It's basically reverse mccarthyism~

Jfor
09-15-2010, 10:57 AM
It's basically reverse mccarthyism~

You're basically a retard.

noonwitch
09-15-2010, 12:40 PM
I wonder if the people denying the Tea Party their celebration are GOP or Dem?

Small, Ohio, town usually means GOP officials, unless it's a suburb of a large city like Columbus or Cleveland.

warpig
09-15-2010, 02:18 PM
Violation of the 1st.

Bubba Dawg
09-15-2010, 02:56 PM
Outrageous, whether the officials in the town are dems or repubs.

Public space. Legitimate group.

m00
09-15-2010, 09:15 PM
So Nazis can hold their rallies, but not Tea-Party members?

NJCardFan
09-15-2010, 11:54 PM
The first thing that you note is the extreme irony of the unconstitutional prohibition of the commemoration of the Constitution

I sincerely hope someone pointed this out to the town council.

fettpett
09-16-2010, 07:54 AM
I sincerely hope someone pointed this out to the town council.

no doubt