LAWSUIT LIKELY IF NIKKI HALEY’S ADMINISTRATION REFUSES …
The South Carolina Secessionist Party (website here) has submitted a written request to the administration of governor Nikki Haley asking it to reconsider a recent decision revoking a permit for the group to gather on the grounds of the S.C. State House.
Haley’s Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) – in consultation with her bureaucratic agency – made the decision to revoke the group’s permit last week citing undisclosed safety concerns.
The party’s rally was scheduled to take place on December 20.
“If the state declines (the request), we’ve been encouraged to take legal action,” a source at the party told us.
As we predicted …
“Haley’s denial of a permit for this event is an outrage,” we wrote last week. “It is a prima facie violation of the First Amendment, and South Carolina taxpayers are likely going to be deprived of hundreds of thousands of dollars when this organization successfully brings a lawsuit against the state.”
As previously reported, Haley tried to put the kibosh on a Ku Klux Klan rally earlier this spring (one we later learned was organized by a government informant), but she wound up permitting the demonstration to take place.
She should have permitted this one to take place, too …
Again, it doesn’t matter whether you support or oppose secession (for the record, we’re open to the notion). This isn’t about secession, it is about the First Amendment.
All groups have a right to be heard … it’s as simple as that.