New York streets suddenly became a controversial forum for free speech. On Monday, mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted an image of city workers touching up the street mural Black Lives Matter activists painted in front of Trump Tower. The mayor’s tweet included the message, “To whoever vandalized our mural on 5th Avenue: nice try. @NYC_DOT has already fixed it.”
The mayor’s message was decidedly political and divisive. “The #BlackLives Matter movement is more than words, and it can’t be undone,” he wrote.
#BlackLivesMatter is an emotionally-charged topic for most Americans. Far from being an all-inclusive movement aimed at uniting our country following the death of George Floyd, the BLM movement turned into a lightening rod for a Marxist-like revolution characterized by hatred towards civil authority, American history, and now, Christianity.
Mayor de Blasio’s tweet was met with scathing backlash:
Mayor de Blasio’s use of public funding to endorse divisive political messages is sure to open up a litany of court cases.
As we’ve seen year after year in Christmas nativity display controversies, courts have ruled the public square can not be used to advance one particular viewpoint over another.
In 2008, the ACLU was instrumental in causing Clarksville, Tennessee to lose its live nativity display since the city paid two hundred dollars in animal rental fees.
Similarly, in 2019 Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) claimed Jackson County, Indiana officials overstepped the Constitution by erecting a nativity display on its county courthouse lawn. FFRF sent a letter to Jackson County commissioners claiming, “It is unlawful for the County to maintain, erect, or host a holiday display that consists solely of a nativity scene, thus singling out, showing preference for, and endorsing one religion.”
It’s reasonable to believe the viewpoint discrimination principle likewise applies to Mayor de Blasio’s public endorsement of the controversial Black Lives Matter movement. His use of city workers and public funding to show preference for the revolutionary movement make this an interesting case to watch.
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2 thoughts on “New York Streets become Forum for Free Speech”
Interesting how Mayor DeBlasio chose to use the words “OUR mural” isn’t it? Don’s suppose he’s picked a side to support do you? “Freedom” is a word so many folks fail to understand. Too many believe it means you can do anything you want to do or say anything you want to say. True freedom, as defined by Christ, is not indulging in fleshly, worldy things, but choosing to life a righteous life that benefits others in according with Christ’s teachings and God’s natural laws.
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The tragic and senseless death of George Floyd was merely the straw that broke the camel’s back . People all over America of all skin colors and ethnic origins are fed up with the rampant police brutality in America, which disproportionately effects blacks . George Floyd was only the latest of many innocent unarmed blacks who were not in the process of committing crimes and not a threat to anyone who have been killed by white police officers in recent years .
Of course, the vast majority of white officers are not guilty of this , but too many have been killing harmless blacks with impunity . And blacks in America who are not murdered by white officers are routinely subject to racial profiling and mistreatment in many ways by the police . The vast majority of people on the streets all over this country have been peaceful protesters exercising their right as Americans to protest peacefully . Only a small minority were contemptible opportunists who were looking for an excuse to riot, loot and set fire to things .
We should not “defund ” the police or try to keep them from doing their job as long as they are not engaging in police brutality . We need to reform our police departments in order to try to prevent as much police brutality as possible and senseless killing of innocent Americans who happen to be black . To weed out the bad eggs and test potential officers for possible racist and sadistic tendencies