In the latest edition of liberal “tolerance” run amok, we present you with Carlton Mable, a high school principal from Indiana. Mr. Mable blocked pro-life advocates who were legally, peaceably demonstrating on a sidewalk, and wrestled a sign away from one young person before throwing it on the ground.
Thanks to Created Equal, you can see the incident for yourself:
As reported by Life News,
Mable’s tirade, caught on video and eventually halted by police, has resulted in the demand issued by attorney Thomas M. Dixon, Thomas More Society Special Counsel and President at Dixon, Wright & Associates, P.C. Acting on behalf of Created Equal and individuals whose First Amendment rights were trampled by Mable, the Thomas More Society has also asked the City of Fort Wayne for reassurances of the continued protection of the pro-life advocates’ constitutionally guaranteed rights.
The letter details how Mable denied Created Equal and its members the right to peaceably assemble and speak on a public sidewalk adjacent to South Side High School by:
- aggressively approaching them
- verbally accosting them
- making threats towards them when he saw that he was being videotaped
- mischaracterizing a public sidewalk as being school property
- asserting a false right to “protect” students from being exposed to speech he deemed inappropriate
- forcefully taking property from them and throwing it into the street
- flouting and squelching their First Amendment rights in the presence of many students
The Thomas More Society letter states, “Principal Mable trampled on rights that are enshrined in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Articles 2, 3, 4 and 9 of the Indiana Constitution, and are fiercely protected by the United States Supreme Court. Our clients insist on the respect to which they are entitled. We seek written apologies from Principal Mable and School Board Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson, assurances from the School Board that this will not happen again, and guarantees from the City of Fort Wayne that it will continue to uphold free speech rights.”
Mark Harrington, National Director of Created Equal, remarked, “Pro-life activists have been experiencing an increase in vandalism and violence at high school campuses across the country. Unfortunately, to some school officials, public sidewalks are considered their own private property in which they feel they can wield control and censor free speech. Creating unconstitutional ‘safe zones’ in the public square where students can be shielded from unpleasant subjects does a disservice to our youth, and does not prepare these young adults for the real world.”
Prepare young adults for the real world? What a novel idea! It’s encouraging to see organizations like Created Equal and the Thomas More Society standing up for life and liberty… what a great time to be an American!