First Amendment Dumped . . . Sign a Petition – Get Arrested?

~ The Rebel ~ 2012/03/12 21:12:23

The mayor of , Texas, is so upset with people who signed a petition that he wants them arrested. How dare these people express their constitutional rights in the United States of America where they are protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.

The Scottsdale, Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund, warned that hundreds of Christians and other El Paso citizens “are facing jail time for exercising their constitutionally protected right to speak out against Mayor John Cook’s policies.” The following is from Bob Unruh writing for WND:

The issue arose when voters in November 2010 placed on the ballot and passed an ordinance prohibiting unmarried domestic partner benefits in their city. Several members of the city council refused to follow the will of the vote, and voted to rescind the ordinance approved by voters. The mayor joined in the effort.

A number of citizens were outraged, so they started a grassroots campaign seeking to remove the mayor and city Reps. Susie Byrd and Steve Ortega who disregarded the will of the people. They did it by securing names for a recall petition. You can read about the recall effort in an article in the El Paso Times.

The vindictive Mayor John Cook “sued Tom Brown Ministries, Word of Life Church of El Paso, El Pasoans for Traditional Family Values and other local citizens who circulated recall petitions.

Read More: http://godfatherpolitics.com/4130/first-amendment-...

Add Photos & Videos

Top Opinion

  • Patriot Unit 2012/03/13 00:21:29
    Patriot Unit
    That would tend to cause me to work even hard to recall him, and his city cronies. And if any judge accepted the law suit, he or she should be recalled as well. Under what law does he have standing to sue or arrest somebody for call for his recall, or signing a petition?

Sort By
  • Most Raves
  • Least Raves
  • Oldest
  • Newest

  • ronbo51 2012/03/14 17:28:05 (edited)

    what a friggin moron!!!!
    they need to give him the~~~~~ big boot
  • shadow76 2012/03/14 12:47:49
    Everyone who can should give to the Aliance Defense Fund!
  • Racefish 2012/03/13 15:20:20
    It doesn't make any difference "what" the dispute involved. This is a violation of both the 1st and 4th Amendments.
  • 2sly 2012/03/13 09:42:28
    I hope they blow his ass out of there and his minions.
  • The Birdman ~ PWCM~JLA 2012/03/13 07:42:58
    The Birdman ~ PWCM~JLA
    What a MORON!! People like him should not be allowed to run for office, but that's not how it's done,! The good folks of the town need to rally together against dangerous politicians like the Mayor, like we all have to do against the infiltrator in chief of the US!!
  • Rabbit 2012/03/13 00:59:17
    Unfortunately, frivolous law suits like the one "the vindictive mayor John Cook filed", have not been outlawed. His vindictive/frivolous law suit, in my opinion, is just more proof that this Mayor needs to be recalled.

    Mayor John Cook
  • Viet Era medic 2012/03/13 00:23:52
    Viet Era medic
    the mayor is an idiot.
    The new mayor is in the news too. (I don't have a link.) He was just arrested immediately after being elected to office... He couldn't take over the job of the office because he was in jail... Read this in the Albuquerque Journal.. My facts could be off a bit..
  • Patriot Unit 2012/03/13 00:21:29
    Patriot Unit
    That would tend to cause me to work even hard to recall him, and his city cronies. And if any judge accepted the law suit, he or she should be recalled as well. Under what law does he have standing to sue or arrest somebody for call for his recall, or signing a petition?
  • Cal 2012/03/12 23:11:22 (edited)
    There's really not enough info here for me to give an opinion. I feel like I'm reading one side of a multi-sided story.
  • shadow76 Cal 2012/03/14 12:49:42
    Spoken like a true politician
  • Cal shadow76 2012/03/14 20:27:44 (edited)
    No one can make a competent opinion off a one sided story. What I said was spoken like a open minded debater.
  • shadow76 Cal 2012/03/15 01:14:03
    Are you honestly saying you hadn't heard anything about this story? if so why comment before you find out?
  • Someone 2012/03/12 22:54:47
  • sczen8 2012/03/12 22:48:10
    yeah! our rights going right down the toilet wouldn't you say,Rebby???
  • Ron 2012/03/12 21:33:39
    I would like to hear the Mayors side of the story as to whether he threatened to have people arrested for signing the petition. If he did he was being woefully ignorant, but if as I suspect since it is coming from WND that the facts are being twisted then it would be nice to know the real facts.

    I do find it disturbing that the good christian people of the town hate so much that they would refuse equal rights to gays and want to get rid of the government they elected to prove their hate.
  • Hsmagst Ron 2012/03/13 09:21:13
  • Ron Hsmagst 2012/03/13 10:35:00
    That is not what I said or even implied. And it was the local government that decided to extended the benefits to unmarried domestic parnerships not federal law. Plus bringing up the "foreign invasion" is a red herring you have tossed in to change the subject.
  • Hsmagst Ron 2012/03/13 10:43:24
  • Ron Hsmagst 2012/03/13 12:17:39
    It is hate, it is hate for anything that does not fit their narrowmindedness. And it is an example of exactly what the government is suppose to do when a majority tries to trample on the rights of a minority. If you don't like equal rights move somewhere that equal rights is not one of their central tenets.
  • Hsmagst Ron 2012/03/13 13:06:11
  • Ron Hsmagst 2012/03/13 13:10:28
    We all pay for things we don't like in America, it is part of the American system.
  • Hsmagst Ron 2012/03/13 13:16:12
  • Ron Hsmagst 2012/03/13 13:22:40
    Do you believe in equal rights for all citizens, which is one of the tenets of the Constitution?
  • U-Dog 2012/03/12 21:33:05
    Personally, I think the "law" against gays pushed thru by these people is unconstitutional and has all the moral standing of a savage lynch mob but the mayor certainly doesn't seem to be acting in a professional manner either if he is trying to arrest people for speaking out and or have him removed from office.
  • Steve J~PWCM~JLA 2012/03/12 21:28:48
    Steve J~PWCM~JLA
    Political office is a right. How dare they challenge the sitting mayor.

  • Rabbit Steve J... 2012/03/13 01:01:53
    Had me going there for a minute.lol

See Votes by State

The map above displays the winning answer by region.

News & Politics

2016/02/14 12:47:33

Hot Questions on SodaHead
More Hot Questions

More Community More Originals