Ann Arbor law would force Right to work for the Left

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
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Chad Groening, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

'Freedom of Speech' sign held upA right-wing political consulting firm that helps Republican candidates is suing its city government over an Orwellian ordinance that could force it to work for Democrat clients or face a $500 daily fine.

ThinkRight Strategies is fighting Ann Arbor, Michigan, over the city’s “public accommodation” requirement, which is a far-left version of an “anti-discrimination” law that in Ann Arbor's case protects “political beliefs” alongside “HIV status” and “gender expression” among many more.

Ann Arbor, home to approximately 113,000, is famous as a far-left bastion thanks largely to the University of Michigan.

Concerned about the scope of the ordinance, Samuel Green and Alliance Defending Freedom have filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the consulting firm.

Green

"Ann Arbor would require them to advocate for socialism, for example, and other causes that they oppose,” Green tells OneNewsNow. “So this is a situation where the government is telling people which political positions they must advocate for, and that is something that should be concerning to everyone." 

ADF's lawsuit appears to be a pre-enforcement challenge, a legal maneuver that seeks to stop enforcement of a law before the city attorney, or a left-wing civil rights commission, comes knocking.

A church in Iowa, with ADF's help, filed a similar lawsuit over a non-discrimination law in 2016. 

ThinkRight is operated by two conservative activists, Grant Strobl and Jacob Chludzinski, who formed a friendship as members of the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter at the University of Michigan.

gavel with U.S. flagAccording to ADF, the language of the ordinance would require ThinkRight not only to accept a left-wing candidate who walks through the door but to seek them out if it pitches its marketing services to conservative candidates.

Penalties for violating the law include fines up to $500 for each day a violation occurs.

"We hope that all people will understand the principle at stake here,” he says. “And that is that all people should be free to choose for themselves which political belief to advocate for, and the government should not be compelling that speech.”

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