The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled last week that “Choose Life” license plates are “patently offensive.”
Taking it a step further, the appeals court overturned a lower court ruling, saying New York had the right to ban the specialty plates based on a Department of Motor Vehicles policy designed to prevent road rage, according to The Daily Caller.
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Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco said the court “denied free speech in favor of government censorship.”
“Pro-adoption organizations should have the same speech rights as any other organization,” Tedesco said. “The state has wrongly gotten away with speech discrimination against our client for more than 10 years.”
Life News posted a link to the story, along with a sample plate:
Court Rules Pro-Life Views Are “Patently Offensive,” Bans Choose Life License Plates in NY http://t.co/CsNFo6UBr6pic.twitter.com/NJr7AEqrsv
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) May 25, 2015
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, questioned the decision on social media. He’s somewhat qualified to speak on what constitutes rage, as noted by Twitchy.com, considering a security guard was shot at his group’s D.C. headquarters by a gay rights advocate.
“Choose Life” is “patently offensive”? So says a federal appeals court in NY: http://t.co/wFOTcULHVS #prolife
— Tony Perkins (@tperkins) May 26, 2015
Here is a sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
@LifeNewsHQ The Second Circuit panel have made themselves ridiculous with this decision. Embarrassing.
— Clint Brooks (@clintbrooks) May 26, 2015
@LifeNewsHQ WTF even if you’re pro-abortion how is encouraging someone to choose life even the slightest bit offensive are you kidding me
— Em Narel (@emiily99) May 26, 2015
@LifeNewsHQ A court rules against freedom of speech. Offensive speech is still speech. As we move away from free speech we move to slavery
— Jack Brooks (@MJBJD) May 26, 2015
@LifeNewsHQ Next they are going to take our bumper stickers away too. How are they legally allowed to silence our beliefs? it’s not right!
— prolife wife (@prolife_wife) May 26, 2015
@emiily99 @LifeNewsHQ. It’ll “trigger” the precious buttercups & give them PTSD
— Super Marsupial (@MarsupialHeros) May 27, 2015
@tperkins It is incredibly sad when someone is offended at others expressing the idea that babies shouldn’t be killed. What a world.
— Pam Brewer (@brewer_pam) May 26, 2015
@tperkins Life. Is now offensive. White is offensive. Wealth is offensive. When will it stop?
— Red Dirt Ready (@SwTkthe1) May 27, 2015
@tperkins “Choose life” is only ok if we are stopping the death penalty for murderers. Babies don’t get pardons….
— Amber Skoros (@NYCdeb8tr) May 27, 2015
@tperkins planned parenthood are my trigger words.
— The Real Yummykind (@IamYummykind) May 27, 2015
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