MAGA Republicans in Florida Criminalize Free Speech in Controversial New Bill

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D. Ray

Jan 27, 2023, 4:14:05 PMJan 27
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA – Republican members of Florida’s House of
Representatives Mike Caruso and Randy Fine, who is Jewish, have proposed
controversial new legislation that would criminalize certain forms of
constitutionally-protected speech as “hate” crimes.

The new bill, HB 269, would make all of the following 3rd class felonies:

1. Any person distributing flyers involving materials that have religious
or ethnic animus

2. Any person stalking, harassing or interfering with someone based on
their religious or ethnic heritage will now be commenting a 3rd-degree

3. Any person who willfully and maliciously defaces, injures or damages a
religious cemetery, memorial, religious school or community or public or
private property with a religious or ethnic animus will now be committing a
3rd-degree felony

4. Any person who projects an image of religious or ethnic animus, indoors
or outdoors, without permission, written permission from the owner of the
property, will be commenting a 3rd-degree felony

5. Any person who willfully interrupts or disrupts, disturbs any religious
school or religious service with a pretense of ethnic or religious animus
will be commenting a 3rd-degree felon

The legislation appears to be in direct response to recent viral activism
by NSF (National Socialists Florida) and the GDL (Goyim Defense League).

Speaking at the press conference announcing the bill, co-sponsor of the
bill Mike Caruso asserted:

“If we don’t do something now, then soon we will just be 1933 Nazi Germany
here all over again.”

1933 Nazi Germany was the outcome of a fair and open election process in
which the Nazi Party became the democratically-elected winner of statewide
multi-party elections which resulted in Adolf Hitler becoming the
chancellor of Germany. As a result, Jews presiding over post-WWII
denazification banned all multi-party elections in Germany until 1990.

Today, not much has changed. Without citing specific verbiage in the First
Amendment to support his claim, Jewish Florida State Rep. Randy Fine said:

“You have the right to be an idiot in the United States. We have the First
Amendment; it doesn’t mean you have the right to be an idiot and exercise
the First Amendment.”

Caruso went on to invent special rights for Jews that simply don’t exist in
the context of protected speech:

“They deserve and have the right towards quiet enjoyment in their
communities and the ability to practice their Jewish faith without
reprisal, without fear of harm.”

Such cavalier and reckless statements made by lawmakers have been
repeatedly rejected for decades in at least six million pages of U.S. case
law and contradicted by numerous public statements made by prominent
political leaders declaring that the First Amendment does, in fact, give
you the right to be an idiot.


Legislative Guilt by Association

The structure of the bill is, on its face, problematic. The provisions
intended to censor protected speech have been padded with provisions that
are obvious and long-accepted criminal acts such as physically defacing or
damaging private property, stalking, harassment, disorderly conduct, and
disturbing the peace.

By effectively rigging their legislation in this way, Caruso and Fine hope
that most people are too uninformed to realize that there is a difference
between destroying a cemetery and having the right to speak freely about
politics including those that include insular racially-motivated groups
that have attained disproportionate political power. Voters are expected to
associate negative emotions over existing crimes for which lawmakers can
provide no recent examples with new non-crimes that are protected by the
First Amendment. Somehow Floridians would then agree to a) enhancing the
penalties for committing actions that are considered actual crimes and b)
creating new penalties for things that make powerful people feel bad, but
aren’t illegal, and cannot be infringed upon.

The new law also criminalizes “non-hate” speech that is purportedly outside
the bounds of protected speech, but only as a misdemeanor. The distinction
being made between hate and non-hate speech facially discriminates against
political speech by classifying it as “hate” speech and would thus not
survive First Amendment scrutiny.

Mike Caruso was elected to the Florida House in 2018 on an explicitly
pro-Trump campaign based around being “tough on crime,” arresting opioid
users and dealers, and stating that illegal immigrants are a “strain on our
economy.” Caruso wouldn’t have won without the support of the Florida
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Log Cabin Republicans, an organization
that has given former President Donald Trump unwavering support, is
comprised of homosexual conservatives that got its namesake from the
long-standing and probable rumor that Abraham Lincoln, a founding father of
the Republican Party, was a homosexual.


HB 269 Faces an Unlikely Path Forward

Controversial bills like this aren’t new in Florida and they typically do
not survive intact if they ever do become law. In 2019, Mike Caruso and
Randy Fine proposed a bill, HB 741, that would have categorized any
criticism of Israel in Florida public schools as anti-semitism. The
original bill banned denying the Holocaust and criticism of the Israeli
state. “Discrimination,” however, would also include government criticism
which is protected speech under the First Amendment. Under the proposed
law, Florida residents could sue or otherwise file complaints against
teachers or administrators who criticize the Israeli state.

In the end, Ron DeSantis signed a stripped-down version of the bill while
he was in Israel that defined anti-semitism and added religion as a
protected class. The bill was devoid of any of its original language
centered on curbing criticism of Israel, it made clear such criticism was
allowed and is “similar to criticism toward any other country.”

The Florida ACLU threaded the needle in opposition to HB 741:

“Addressing anti-Semitism and all forms of religious discrimination is
crucial, particularly given the rise of recent attacks and hateful
rhetoric, but it does not justify silencing constitutionally protected
speech. All Floridians have the right to free speech without the threat of
government interference. Similarly, all Floridians have the right not be
discriminated against based on their actual or perceived religion. While we
applaud efforts to add ‘religion’ as a protected category from
discrimination in our schools, we oppose any provisions that infringe on
the First Amendment rights of Floridians. The ACLU of Florida will continue
to monitor the progress of this bill to ensure our First Amendment rights
remain intact.“

Under Florida’s unconstitutional anti-BDS legislation, Caruso and Fine
attempted to prevent Lorde from performing in Miami and Tampa after she
canceled a concert in Tel Aviv, but were unsuccessful.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has since tried to file similar BDS restrictions
at the federal level. In response, the ACLU said Rubio was trying to
violate the First Amendment. The ACLU and other civil rights groups have
repeatedly challenged anti-BDS legislation and similar crackdowns
judicially, and time and again federal courts have struck down anti-BDS
rules for violating the First Amendment.

While striking down these laws in Kansas and Arizona represents significant
progress, there are still unconstitutional anti-BDS laws in Georgia,
Arkansas, Minnesota, Texas, Ohio, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada,
South Carolina, Rhode Island, Florida, Maryland, and Wisconsin. All are
egregious violations of the First Amendment, and like HB 269, should be
struck down.

HB 269 Legislator Contact Information

Randy Fine
District Address:
Suite 5
2539 Palm Bay Road Northeast
Palm Bay, FL 32905-3534
Phone: (321) 409-2017
Capitol Address:
402 South Monroe Street
214 House Office Building
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5033

Mike Caruso
District Address:
Suite 302
4400 North Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33431-5183
Phone: (561) 750-2396
Capitol Address:
402 South Monroe Street
200 House Office Building
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5089



The Jews

Jan 27, 2023, 4:54:52 PMJan 27
On Fri, 27 Jan 23 21:14:02 UTC, D. Ray <d@ray> wrote:

>1933 Nazi Germany was the outcome of a fair and open election process in
>which the Nazi Party became the democratically-elected winner of statewide
>multi-party elections which resulted in Adolf Hitler becoming the
>chancellor of Germany. As a result, Jews presiding over post-WWII
>denazification banned all multi-party elections in Germany until 1990.

I love how you glue-huffers have your own history books.

All pictures, I bet.

Rotting corpse of George Lincoln Rockwell,
pudgy hitlerite, after being Nuremberged:

D. Ray

Jan 27, 2023, 5:18:16 PMJan 27
Jewish Republican Randy Fine and shabbos goy Mike Caruso have proposed a
controversial law that would criminalize certain forms of constitutionally
protected speech. Jews are so fragile they can't even withstand mild
criticism and want anyone who engages in it to become a convicted felon.

That's right - speaking truth to power in Florida could become a 3rd class
felony. And on a related note, today is Holocaust
Remembrance Day.

D. Ray

Jan 27, 2023, 5:18:16 PMJan 27
Florida Republicans Randy Fine (Jewish) and Mike Caruso (married to a Jew)
want to make printing a statement like this on a flyer a 3rd class felony:


On a related note, Holocaust Remembrance Day should really be an annual
reminder for them to shut their lying mouths.

The Jews

Jan 27, 2023, 5:54:02 PMJan 27
On Fri, 27 Jan 23 22:18:14 UTC, D. Ray <d@ray> wrote:

>That's right - speaking truth to power in Florida could become a 3rd class

The more of you in our jails performing free labor, the better off
society will be.

Plus you'll get to run elbows (and whatever else) with some nice black

“If you have not killed at least one Nazi a day, you have wasted that day. If you kill one Nazi, kill another—there is nothing more amusing for us than a heap of Nazi corpses.”
-Ilya Ehrenburg.
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