A group of Christian kids are suing America’s premiere history museum, the Smithsonian, for having banned them from entering the museum because they had pro-life hats on.
You know the Smithsonian, don’t you? That is the museum where all of America’s history os housed. History that explains America’s founding, its ideals, its ethics. You also might recall that one of those ethics is the founding principle of religious freedom.
You know… that whole First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution thingie?
Well, it appears that the Smithsonian isn’t interested in all that silly freedom stuff.
Now the the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has filed the lawsuit on behalf of nine students and three parents it says were “unlawfully targeted for their religious pro-life views” on January 20, 2023.
Per Breitbart News:
According to the complaint, students, parents, and chaperones from Our Lady of the Rosary Church and School in South Carolina went to the museum following the March for Life. The group members were wearing hats that said, “Rosary Pro-Life.”
“Following their participation in the March for Life event, Plaintiffs visited the NASM whereby all Plaintiffs were subjected to a pattern of ongoing misconduct by at least five different staff, personnel, employees and/or security guards of NASM including Defendants Jane Does and John Does, which included targeting, harassment, discrimination and, ultimately, eviction from NASM simply because they wore blue hats with the inscription, ‘Rosary Pro-Life,’” the complaint states.
Museum staff allegedly mocked the students, called them expletives, and told them their hats were “political statements” and that they were “not promoting equality.” Staff also allegedly told them that the museum is a “neutral zone” and that the First Amendment “does not apply here.” The complaint notes that several other museum patrons were wearing hats and masks, some of which had rainbow “Pride” graphics
“What the Smithsonian did is beyond reprehensible. These were students simply wearing a hat that passively expressed their support for life on the basis of their Christian faith,” said Jordan Sekulow, ACLJ’s executive director. “The way these students, many of whom were minors, were treated by their federal government – the Smithsonian and its employees – should shock everyone to the core. It’s not only abhorrent; it’s blatantly unconstitutional. And that’s why we’re fighting back.”
This is, of course, an outrage.
But I’m betting you had no idea that this even happened. Because the media has ignored it completely.