Imagine if America were a place where one’s free expression could result in denial of government services? Horrifying, isn’t it? Get this: The city of Dickinson, Texas says if victims of Hurricane Harvey want access to rebuilding funds, they first have to sign a contract pledging they “[do] not boycott Israel.” Yes, we’re really here, folks. We’ll give you a moment to collect your jaw off the floor. We can’t come up with better words to describe this than the American Civil Liberties Union did, who said "Dickinson’s requirement is an egregious violation of the First Amendment, reminiscent of McCarthy-era loyalty oaths.” Between this, the Kansas lawsuit we told you about last time, and the ‘Israel Anti-Boycott Act’, we all better be gearing up for a tough fight for the First Amendment. And to all those members of Congress sponsoring similar legislation (the 50 sponsors of S.720 in the Senate, and the 266 sponsors of H.R.1697 in the House), take note of the logical conclusion of your policies. And for all those Democrats who have correctly been complaining about the need for more relief efforts in Puerto Rico, take note that the people of Texas also need you to stand up for them, even when it is your politics that are getting in the way of their relief. Yeah, we care about liberty and human suffering and are upset.

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