In the midst of a government shutdown, Democratic and Republican senators have made sneaking through a bill that attacks our First Amendment freedoms their priority. The Combating BDS Act encourages states to adopt anti-boycott laws – the very same ones that federal courts have blocked before on First Amendment grounds.
If passed, the bill would encourage states to penalize Americans who dare to participate in a boycott, divestment, or sanction against Israel and Israeli-controlled territories – as well as other politically motivated boycotts. States should not be suppressing expression they find objectionable or politically unpopular, and Congress shouldn’t be egging them on.
It’s up to us to stop Congress from trampling on our First Amendment right to express our political beliefs. We must urge our senators now to focus on its duty of maintaining a full and functioning government, rather than pushing forward this anti-free speech bill.
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