Appeals Court Rules Against BDS Movement, Says Boycotts Aren’t Protected Speech

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Another case going to the Supreme Court.
A federal appeals court has ruled that state laws punishing contractors for engaging in boycotts of Israel are not in violation of free speech rights, a ruling that advocates say will unconstitutionally chill all speech in favor of justice for Palestinians.

In 2017, Arkansas passed a law barring state contractors from taking part in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to exert nonviolent pressure on the government of Israel to end the country’s apartheid system and its violent displacement of Palestinians. The legislation requires companies that have contracts with the state to sign pledges that they will not take part in the movement, or else reduce their fees by 20 percent.

Arkansas Times, a newspaper based in Little Rock that was seeking to contract with a public university in the state, refused to sign a pledge that it would adhere to the new state-imposed standards.
Full story here.
Well, if they use doctrine of Brett Kavanaugh, known as the major questions doctrine, "which limits agencies’ ability to regulate in areas of economic and political importance — essentially limiting the scope of the government overall". this will certainly kill the use of boycotts as a form of protest. What would have happened to the Montgomery Bus Boycott if this ruling had happened back then.
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It depends on whether the contractors can convince the Catholic partisan hacks that they are exercising their hobby lobby rights to pretend that a business can have a religion. Of course because the law screws over Palestinians the unfavorable religious belief will be found not to count.

I saw an article this morning that stated that the SCs favorable rating is at 25%. Go figure.

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I don't agree with the companies' boycotts of Israel, but I'll defend 100% their RIGHT to boycott anyone and anything, and that NO state should be able to say "No!" to them if they otherwise meet contracting standards. But the Roberts Court has NO respect for Law, the Constitution, Judicial Law, or Stare Decisis. All they care about is their dictatorial Opus Dei fake "morals and ethics".
"Even if the bee could explain to the fly why pollen is better than shit, the fly could never understand."

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So...corporate secret money is protected speech.
So...organized prayer in public schools is protected speech.
So...boycotts are NOT protected speech.
Next, the BLM marches won't be protected speech but the Proud Boys violence will be.
George was right, as he always was.
"Even if the bee could explain to the fly why pollen is better than shit, the fly could never understand."

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