FREE SPEECH: Atheists Suing City for Its Role in Billboard Takedown

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The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports that a group backing church/state separation said yesterday it would sue the City of Rancho Cucamonga for playing a role in the removal of its message, "Imagine No Religion," from a billboard less than a week after it went up. The move came after a city official
told the billboard company it had received 90 calls of complaint against the
sign.

The city will say it did not force the company to remove the message—it only informed it of the high level of complaints. But the complainants, unaware of one another's protests, had no leverage over the company until the city's redevelopment director provided it with her none-too-subtle phone call. Now that the episode is in the news, those who support the right of the message sponsors to get their point of view seen could get together and urge a boycott of the goods and services the billboard company does advertise—Imagine no sales.

But the company shouldn't be blamed for taking the hint and not getting crossways with city hall. It's the city that has the duty, if it doesn't want to defend free speech rights, at least not to subvert them.

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One thought on “FREE SPEECH: Atheists Suing City for Its Role in Billboard Takedown

  1. Bravo to the Freedom From Religious Foundation. Sue General Outdoor sign company for breach of contract. Sue the city of Rancho Cucamonga for discrimination. There are many offensive religious billboards and advertisements in the media. This is clearly a case of preferential treatment to a religious majority over a non-religious minority. The Bill of Rights in our Constitution was created specifically to prevent this from happening and to protect the rights of ALL Americans to express their thoughts and opinions. Stupid actions like this reflect poorly on all religions.

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