“lawsuit claims the city refused the proposal because officials disagreed with the mural’s message”
This is a perfect example of why the left fears free speech. If the playing field was even, this mural wouldn’t be an issue.
The Herald Times reports:
IU student sues Bloomington over ‘All Lives Matter’ mural rejection, alleges discrimination
An Indiana University student is suing Bloomington, alleging city officials did not allow a conservative mural to be painted on a city street.
Kyle Reynolds, IU student and campus coordinator for Turning Point USA, is claiming discrimination by city personnel within the public works department, saying they would not approve an All Lives Matter mural after previously approving Black Lives Matter street paintings.
The 15-by-145-foot mural was proposed for East Kirkwood Avenue, in front of the Von Lee building and near IU’s iconic Sample Gates. The art would feature the phrase, “All Lives Matter” with thin blue and red lines, representing support for first responders.
The lawsuit claims the city refused the proposal because officials disagreed with the mural’s message. This rejection has prevented the conservative student organization from “communicating their message” in a highly visible area of the community, according to the complaint.
Both Reynolds and the IU chapter of Turning Point USA, a conservative youth organization, are listed as the plaintiffs in the case.
The plaintiffs allege that the defendants engaged in viewpoint discrimination, violating the free speech clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Viewpoint discrimination happens when a governmental regulation restricts expression based specifically on the ideology, opinion or perspective of the message.
The plaintiffs are also alleging violations of Indiana’s Constitution such as the right to speak, write or print on any subject. The lawsuit cites the state Constitution’s guarantee that all citizens will be equally granted the same privileges or immunities.
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