A Maryland judge is agreeing that Church Militant's First Amendment rights were violated.
In August, Baltimore city officials interfered in a contract discussion between Church Militant and managers of the MECU Pavilion. It was in preparation for Church Militant's Enough Is Enough prayer rally, coinciding with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, set to be held Nov. 15–18, 2021.
Federal district judge Ellen Lipton Hollander ruled on Tuesday that the city of Baltimore "shall not prohibit or impede SMG from entering into a contract with St. Michael's for plaintiff's use of the MECU Pavilion for its planned rally on Nov. 16, 2021."
Hollander also issued an 86-page memorandum slamming city officials.
The judge observed that the "City Defendants invoked controversial, inflammatory speech by rally speakers, as well as plaintiff's alleged support of the [Jan. 6] attack on the Capitol, as grounds for cancellation of plaintiff's event," noting that such a position "is suggestive of viewpoint discrimination."
Hollander did not appear convinced of the city's argument that Church Militant's scheduled speakers Steve Bannon and Milo Yiannopoulos would attract violent protesters. She further maintained that the city "presented somewhat shifting justifications for its actions, with little evidence to show that the decision was premised on these justifications."
A thorough explanation of the ongoing legal battle is being provided by Church Militant senior producer and investigative reporter Christine Niles.
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