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11/6/14 at 10:12 AM 0 Comments

What Happens When the NAACP is on the Wrong Side of Civil Rights?

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AUTHOR: Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Web Writer Marissa Poulson

Ryan Bomberger is a staunch pro-life advocate. He and his wife, Bethany, founded The Radiance Foundation in 2009, a life-affirming, educational organization.

He is also black. You can imagine his surprise when, in 2013, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People sued not only the foundation he worked so hard to build, but also him personally.

What was his crime, you ask? How did someone like Bomberger land on the NAACP’s radar, let alone, generate enough negative attention to bring about a personal lawsuit?

“The irony never ends—the nation’s second oldest civil rights group suing a black man for exercising his second most basic civil right—the freedom of speech,” he said.

Bomberger wrote and published a news article that detailed the NAACP’s actions promoting abortion to the black community and called attention to the disproportionate number of black babies aborted. To illustrate his point, he cleverly parodied the NAACP’s name.

But the NAACP did not find it funny, and sued. Bomberger was charged with “trademark infringement, confusion and dilution.” The irony was not lost on Bomberger.

In a surprising move, however, the judge sided with the NAACP and banned Bomberger and his foundation from ever mentioning the name in question again and parodying the NAACP’s name in the future. The judge’s interpretation of the law may even make it illegal for us to tell you what the parody is.

Here’s the thing: the First Amendment to the United States Constitution clearly outlines the freedom that Americans have in regards to free speech.

“Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”

Slander is one thing, but Bomberger’s article was based on fact.

Black babies are aborted at rates 5 times higher than those in the majority population, a detail that former NAACP president Julian Bond publicly praised in this video. In fact, Bomberger notes that the NAACP has endorsed New York Governor Cuomo’s misnamed “Women’s Equality Act,” which would remove all restrictions on abortion in a state where already more black babies are aborted than born alive.

Bomberger is certainly not the first to come up with a clever twist on the NAACP’s name, and he will likely not be the last. Why the organization decided to single him out, we don’t know, but Bomberger refuses to stay silent when his constitutionally protected freedoms are attacked.

“I believe this trial in life will have a happy ending…Our hope is that truth and justice prevail and that our guaranteed, precious right to free speech is protected. Even more importantly, we hope that so-called ‘leaders’ in the civil rights movement have their consciences awakened to realize no right is more valuable and in need of defense than the foundational Right to Life.”

Take Action:

Alliance Defending Freedom allied attorneys are defending Bomberger’s First Amendment rights in his appeal to the Fourth Circuit, but you can help us spread the word about The Radiance Foundation and the work they are doing to preserve life.

Share this story on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags: #truthinparody, #stillnotfreeatlast, and #civilwrong to show your support today!

Ryan Bomberg said: …”no right is more valuable and in need of defense than the foundational Right to Life.” Do you agree? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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