Twelve students who attended the March for life in Washington on January 20th were kicked from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum over their hats. The hats were used to keep their heads warm as well as identify the members of their group. The message was simple, it identified the school, Our Lady of the Rosary, and its message Pro-Life.
After participating in the March for Life rally, the tired students were interested in visiting the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to look at the interesting displays, however, they were met with hostility from the museum staff. Museum staff demanded the students remove their hats and were threatened that they would be forced to leave the Museum if they continued to wear their hats.
“The museum staff mocked the students, called them expletives and made comments that the museum was a ‘neutral zone’ where they could not express such statements,” Jordon Sekulow from the American Center of Law and Justice said in a Jan. 27 statement. “The employee who ultimately forced the students to leave the museum was rubbing his hands together in glee as they exited the building.”
The Publicly funded Air and Space museum receives about $ 1 billion in government funding every year. And the American Center for Law and Justice is filing a lawsuit to ensure that this type of behavior on behalf of a government-subsidized exhibit does not happen again. Clearly, this government entity violated the 1st Amendment of the students as well as the 5th.
From their website: The ACLJ is We are asking the court to order the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum to ensure that this type of invidious, unconstitutional discrimination against pro-life free speech never happens again. We specifically ask the court to:
A. Declare Defendants’ actions violated Plaintiffs’ rights under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution;
B. Declare Defendants’ actions violated Plaintiffs’ rights under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution;
C. Declare Defendants’ actions violated Plaintiffs’ rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act;
D. Issue an injunction enjoining Defendants, and all those in active concert with them, from unlawfully targeting Plaintiffs, for disparate treatment and particular scrutiny based on content and viewpoint or association; . . .
F. Order Defendants to conduct appropriate training of employees, subject to the Court’s approval, such that Defendants’ employees’ conduct complies with federal law and the United Stated Constitution; . . . .
Do government-funded agencies have the right to throw people out based on their religious beliefs? Was this a violation of their right to free speech and equal protection due to others in the museum were not hassled for wearing head apparel? Also, last but not least, how do you feel about treating children wearing Pro-Life attire like criminals for standing up to the abortion industry? We want your opinion
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