Discovery Institute Accuses Rioters of Rights Violations

Gordon Fitch gcf at
Fri Aug 4 15:26:15 PDT 2000

Tom Wheeler wrote:
> > Discovery Institute Accuses Rioters of Rights Violations
> Chapman called upon Congress to
> > investigate the activities and civil-rights violations of the
> > tax-exempt funding of groups such as Global Exchange, Direct Action
> > Network (and its localized variations), and Rainforest Action
> > Network.

Nathan Newman:
> When someone sues all these groups under RICO, we will be able to thank
> NOW for having established the precedent that non-economic motives still
> qualifies a group as engaging in "racketeering activities." Essentially,
> the NOW attack on anti-choice activists revived conspiracy as a legal
> attack on civil disobediance and established the bankrupting of political
> opponents through RICO suits as a new tool.
> It is a sad fact that for the last decade, almost all the bad Supreme
> Court precedents rolling back First Amendment Rights have had either NOW
> or Planned Parenthood in the plaintiff position, with often liberal judges
> reversing old labor and civil rights precendents in order to silence
> anti-abortion activists.

Indeed. Freedom is recovered not through the State but against the State.

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