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A FEDERAL COURT IN TEXAS issued a ruling on Thursday afternoon preliminarily enjoining enforcement of Texas’ law banning contractors from boycotting Israel.
The court ruled that the law plainly violates the free speech guarantee of the First Amendment.
In Texas, only five legislators voted against H.B. 89, which mandates companies that contract with Texas government entities to verify they do not and will not boycott Israel, also barring state pension and endowment funds.
Judge Pitman was particularly emphatic that the law was not merely “government speech” in defense of Israel, but rather a classic embodiment of what the First Amendment, at its core, was designed to prevent: punishment imposed on those who disagree with the majority’s political opinions on hotly contested political topics.
“[T]he purpose behind the Bill of Rights, and of the First Amendment in particular[,]” is “to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation—and their ideas from suppression—at the hands of an intolerant society.” McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Comm’n, 514 U.S. 334, 357 (1995).
originally posted by: gladtobehere
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