License Plates and Signs: What the Supreme Court Said
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The Supreme Court got it right on one case, but on another case, involving license plates, got it wrong.
Mat Staver: Matt, the Supreme Court just released two different cases, one is the so-called town of Greece, this is a town that had a sign ordinance that prohibited churches from displaying certain kinds of messages. And they ultimately won at the Federal Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court unanimously reversed it saying no, this sign ordinance is unconstitutional.
And on the other hand, there’s another case from the Supreme Court coming out of Texas, and it’s regarding the Confederate flag on the license plate. The Texas authorities rejected it, and the case went up to the United States Supreme Court. The argument was that private speech on public property.
And the Supreme Court said , no, that it’s government speech and that government doesn’t have to be forced to speak, and therefore denied the right of that group to have the Confederate flag…
The question is did they get it right as to whether this is government speech versus private speech?
Matt Barber: The good news is that the Supreme Court overturned the Ninth Court Circuit of Appeals decision, which based its opinion on the fact that the town of Gilbert, outside of Phoenix, did have an “illicit motive” or desire “to suppress certain ideas” when it placed certain tighter restrictions on church signs than on business or political signs.
And the high court disagreed with that and found that the sign ordinance was content based and that they had singled out, Mat, and discriminated via viewpoint against churches who wanted to put up signs, road signs and so forth.
And that these churches were being singled out and targeted.
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