McCrory administration attempts to block constitutional speech

Raw Story highlights the attempt by the McCrory administration to stop the Moral Monday protest yesterday. The judge had some harsh words for Special Deputy Attorney General Don Teeter. The headline says it all: "NC defends governor’s ban on NAACP protests by warning about ‘womanless’ marriages".

NAACP attorney Scott Holmes told Judge Allen Baddour that the state’s action’s were unconstitutional because the state had claimed that the permit had been denied because the event would have more than 100 people. But hundreds of people attended a Christmas tree lighting ceremony with Gov. McCrory in the same area earlier this month.

“What’s really going on here is that the state has preferred speech and non-preferred speech,” Holmes explained. “They prefer government speech over the people’s speech. And that’s unconstitutional.”

Special Deputy Attorney General Don Teeter, however, insisted that “the Department of Administration and its directors do not care what speech is rendered by an applicant. We don’t even ask for it.”

Baddour pointed out to Teeter that the applicant was required to “provide goals, objectives and purpose” on the permit application.

“You just told me you didn’t care and you didn’t ask,” Baddour said.

By attempting to block benign free speech, McCrony and his pal Pope are looking like they're afraid of what some protestors might highlight about the administration and making NC's government appear no better than some banana republic on the national stage.

It's going to be a long, drawn-out headache for the McCrory administration in 2014. Congrats to the NAACP for keeping up the good work.