Governors can’t suspend the First Amendment

A federal district court judge has taught Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (a Democrat) a valuable lesson: The COVID-19 pandemic does not give her the right to suspend the First Amendment right of Kansans to practice their religious beliefs. Several other state and local officials should take heed, too. Kelly signed a series of executive orders restricting public and private activities due to the COVID-19 crisis. On April 7, she issued Executive Order 20-18, prohibiting “mass gatherings” of more than 10 people in a confined or enclosed space. Violators were subject to up to a year in prison, a $2,500 fine, or both.

WALSH: Police In North Carolina Arrest Peaceful Protestors, Declare Protesting A ‘Non-Essential Activity’ 

A group of peaceful protesters gathered in Raleigh, North Carolina on Tuesday to call for the re-opening of the state. They stood outside and observed social distancing guidelines. More importantly, they observed the guidelines of the First Amendment, which, plain as day, protects “the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the […]

ACRU lights a birthday candle to celebrate Citizens United decision

In 2009, ACRU issued an Amicus Brief urging the Supreme Court to find in favor of Citizens United and constitutional freedom in the case of Citizens United v. FEC. The case began in 2007 when a political movie about Hillary Clinton was blocked for distribution by liberal activists who didn't like the subject matter and used the McCain-Feingold Act as a battering ram. The Supreme Court correctly decided in favor of Citizens United by applying Constitutional free speech provisions to ensure a broader, more level playing field for American political activity. January 21, 2020 was the tenth anniversary of this landmark case, finalized in a 5-4 decision split along ideological lines with the more liberal justices on the Court arguing against free speech for any member of the public speaking through an entity. The framers of the Constitution made it clear that voters should fully briefed on both sides of any policy or political issue and at ACRU, we concur. We are grateful to Citizens United and David Bossie for bringing this critical Constitutional case before the Supreme Court of the United States.

New York City Will Fine You for Saying ‘Illegal Alien.’ That’s an Assault on the Constitution.

10/3: The propaganda, surveillance, and censorship of Big Brother in George Orwell’s novel “1984” has now arrived in New York.

Happy Birthday to America’s First Freedoms from ACRU

9/17: ACRU celebrates September 17th as Constitution Day with gratitude for the document that has protected our individual and economic liberty for over two hundred years.

SCOTUS Sides with the American Legion and ACRU on WWI Cross Memorial

8/7: The ACRU joined the fight for Freedom of Religion by filing an amicus brief supporting the Bladensburg Cross.

Attacks on Conservative Speech Take Many Forms

7/23: In many areas of public life, conservatives—their words, their views and values—are under assault.

New Normal: Bloodlust on the Left in Census and Election Fights

7/19: No matter your worthy accomplishments or achievements, no matter your character or kindness, the Left has it in for you because of what you stand for.

The American Civil Rights Union Urges the Supreme Court to Protect Free Speech by Overturning Hill v. Colorado

7/11: The American Civil Rights Union has filed an amicus brief in support of the petitioners in Price v. Chicago, encouraging the Court to agree to take the case.