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This was released this morning by the Good folks at the ACLU on North Carolina:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 1, 2012

ACLU-NC to Chapel Hill: Censoring Bus Ads Violates First Amendment

In Letter, Constitutional Law Group Warns Chapel Hill Town Officials that Removing a Bus Ad Because Some Disagree with Its Political Message Would Constitute Content & Viewpoint Discrimination Read More

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As most people are aware by now, General Assembly police officers and House sergeants-at-arms evicted 50 or so peaceful and respectful protesters yesterday from the second floor of the state Legislative Building under an obscure rule that purports to bar members of the public from the second floor of the Legislative Building if they do not have prior authorization. Mind you, this action was taken on a quiet day at the General Assembly in which there was no business on the House or Senate calendars and on which relatively few lawmakers were even present on a floor that literally teems with people during regular legislative sessions.

Interestingly. police and House Speaker Thom Tillis — who defended the action and, depending upon who you believe, may have even participated in it — took a decidedly different approach toward a gaggle of Tea Party protesters who visited the General Assembly during a busy session day last March.

Check out the video below to watch yesterday’s eviction juxtaposed with footage (posted by our friends at the Pope-Civitas Institute) of the Speaker and his Chief of Staff Charles Thomas speaking amicably with conservative protesters in the exact same second floor hallway

Evidently,  there is a bit of a double-standard as to which members of the public get access to the Legislative Building  these days: Agree with Tillis (or be a corporate lobbyist) and he’ll let you stay and even hang out with you. Disagree — even silently — and you get the boot.

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You can watch both of the original videos in their entirety by clicking here by clicking here.

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Released today by the good people at the ACLU-NC:

ACLU Warns NC About General Assembly’s Use of
Sectarian Prayers to Open Meetings

Federal Appeals Court Recently Affirmed that Any Prayers Used in a Government Setting Must be Nonsectarian and Cannot Endorse One Particular Religion Over Others Read More

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As most people are aware by now, a great victory for the First Amendment occurred yesterday. It happened when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of last summer’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down Forsyth County’s practice of opening County Commissioners’ meetings with sectarian prayer.

Way to go ACLU of North Carolina!

If you’re harboring any questions about what the case was really about or what was decided, read the Court of Appeals’ excellent decision in which it spells out in great detail the explicit and overtly Christian nature of the many prayers in question.

This was the court’s excellent conclusion: Read More