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    Texas city refuses to give people hurricane aid unless they pledge not to boycott Israel

    Texas city refuses to give people hurricane aid unless they pledge not to boycott Israel | The Independent
    A Texas city devastated by flooding after Hurricane Harvey is forcing recipients of financial aid to sign a pledge not to boycott Israel.

    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the clause on Dickinson city council's application form for relief funding violated free speech rights and was "reminiscent of McCarthy-era loyalty oaths" requiring Americans to disavow Communism.
    I thought at first that this must surely be fake news.
    But then i looked this up,
    https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/anti...texas-policies
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed into law House Bill 89 (HB 89), known as the Anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions) bill, which prohibits all state agencies from contracting with, and certain public funds from investing in, companies that boycott Israel.
    How do you people even manage to keep up the pretence of having freedom of speech?

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    Re: Texas city refuses to give people hurricane aid unless they pledge not to boycott Israel

    Quote Originally Posted by soylentgreen View Post
    Texas city refuses to give people hurricane aid unless they pledge not to boycott Israel | The Independent


    I thought at first that this must surely be fake news.
    But then i looked this up,
    https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/anti...texas-policies


    How do you people even manage to keep up the pretence of having freedom of speech?
    We dont really believe in that anymore.....it's all about conformity now.

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    Re: Texas city refuses to give people hurricane aid unless they pledge not to boycott Israel

    Quote Originally Posted by soylentgreen View Post
    Texas city refuses to give people hurricane aid unless they pledge not to boycott Israel | The Independent


    I thought at first that this must surely be fake news.
    But then i looked this up,
    https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/anti...texas-policies


    How do you people even manage to keep up the pretence of having freedom of speech?
    I definitely agree with in that it does seem like a fake news story. It looks like it would be too absurd to be true, but I guess not.
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    Re: Texas city refuses to give people hurricane aid unless they pledge not to boycott Israel

    Well, someone's about to be jobless.
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    Re: Texas city refuses to give people hurricane aid unless they pledge not to boycott Israel

    What's more strange:

    1. A member of city council or the mayor proposing a city boycott of Israel, setting unprecedented US policy.

    2. The feds bribing, extorting, them to not locally establish nutbag US foreign trade policy.

    I'm pretty sure foreign trade policy is outside local jurisdiction. I don't think a city can ban products from a trade partner within their locale. I'm quite sure the feds have every right to dictate foreign trade policy to the city.


    What if Trump suggested boycotting Israel? At least this is just some jackass city authority in bumpkin Texas. Makes me feel better about living in Florida.
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    Re: Texas city refuses to give people hurricane aid unless they pledge not to boycott Israel

    "The city appears to be enforcing a recently passed Texas law that requires all state contractors to certify that they are not participating in boycotts of Israel. While the ACLU does not take a position on boycotts of foreign countries, the organization has long supported the right to participate in political boycotts and has voiced opposition to laws and bills that infringe on the right to boycott."

    https://www.aclu.org/news/texas-city...boycott-israel

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    Re: Texas city refuses to give people hurricane aid unless they pledge not to boycott Israel

    Texas gets a few things right, but when they blow it, they really blow it. This is nuts.

    Having said that, how is this different than set asides, which use the same logic in the opposite direction?

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    Re: Texas city refuses to give people hurricane aid unless they pledge not to boycott Israel

    Quote Originally Posted by soylentgreen View Post
    Texas city refuses to give people hurricane aid unless they pledge not to boycott Israel | The Independent


    I thought at first that this must surely be fake news.
    But then i looked this up,
    https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/anti...texas-policies


    How do you people even manage to keep up the pretence of having freedom of speech?

    if Texans don't like their 'government' then they are free to move else where; correct? Let them eat U-Haul, or Hertz, or (fill in blank)

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    Re: Texas city refuses to give people hurricane aid unless they pledge not to boycott Israel

    Reminds me of some of those states boycotting travel or state funds to other states that didn't conform to their whims over SSM.
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    Re: Texas city refuses to give people hurricane aid unless they pledge not to boycott Israel

    Quote Originally Posted by cuban smokes View Post
    if Texans don't like their 'government' then they are free to move else where; correct? Let them eat U-Haul, or Hertz, or (fill in blank)
    They can go ta I-ran!





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