At Alaska Family Council, we know firsthand what it’s like to have supporters harassed for simply associating themselves with our ministry.
On numerous occasions, individuals have made it very clear that if their donations were to become public, there would be “consequences” from those who disagree with our mission.
Shaming, cancelling, outing, intimidating – however you want to phrase it this is wrong, and Americans should have the right to freely associate with any organization they choose without threats from government that their support of a group will be held against them.
More than 60 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in NAACP v. Alabama, that the state could not force a group to expose its supporters. As you can imagine at that time, racists in that state were anxious to find out who supported the newly formed National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
There are certain things that transcend political lines, and freedom of speech and association are two of them.
Yesterday, the high court upheld that ruling which rebuked Alabama for demanding that the NAACP hand over its membership lists — exposing their members to harassment and violence.
In this recent case, the California Attorney General Office demanded that the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) — a Michigan-based legal organization that defends and promotes religious freedom, moral and family values, and the sanctity of life — hand over its top donors’ names and addresses to the state Attorney General’s Office
The ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court is a major victory on donor privacy – protecting the names and private information from busy-body state governments. Because of this ruling, governments cannot demand nonprofits or charities, like Alaska Family Council, disclose private donor information. This protects AFC from cancel culture and preserves the rights of Americans to support causes they care about without punishment from political bureaucrats.
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Here’s what national political writer and commentator David French had to say about this ruling:
“In striking down CA’s compelled disclosure requirements, SCOTUS took a constitutionally critical step towards protecting participation in public advocacy. It’s important to note that activists from across the ideological spectrum united to claim First Amendment protections in this case.”
There are certain things that transcend political lines, and freedom of speech and association are two of them. In addition to celebrating our nation’s independence, be grateful that our highest judicial branch stood with freedom.
Long live each of our rights granted by our Heavenly Father and enshrined in our Constitution and Bill of Rights!
The views expressed here are those of the author.