This included many [Christian] religious groups that were saying things they didn't like. It's gratifying to see that the American Freedom Law Center lost no time challenging, in a federal lawsuit, Michigan attorney general Dana Nessel's unconstitutional "hate crimes unit." As discussed last month, Nessel and Michigan Department of Civil Rights director Agustin Arbulu have teamed up to target "hate and bias" actions that don't "rise to the level of a crime or a civil infraction"; in other words, perfectly lawful, constitutionally protected actions like free speech and association that Nessel and her radical friends just don't like. Nessel's Stasi includes "a minimum of one prosecuting attorney" and intends to follow the Southern Poverty Law Center's reckless "hate map" as its main source for potential suspects. "Civil rights" chief Arbulu warned citizens to "know this, we are watching." AFLC co-founder and senior counsel Robert Muise neatly summed up Nessel's new policy for PJ Media: "'We're going to keep files on you.' It's Orwellian. It's Big Brother. It's the thought police." The AFLC's lawsuit names Nessel and Arbulu as defendants in their official capacities and seeks a declaratory judgment that the hate crimes unit violates the AFLC's First Amendment right to freedom of speech and association and its Fourteenth Amendment rights by unlawfully targeting AFLC "for disfavored treatment based on the AFLC's political views and the political views of those it represents in court." The AFLC, which has done wonderful work in Michigan and across the country defending the First Amendment rights of conservative Jews and Christians, has itself been falsely designated as a "hate group" by the SPLC, the actual basis for AFLC's standing to sue. No doubt to avoid drawing a liberal judge in Detroit or Flint, the AFLC filed the lawsuit in the Western District of Michigan. The trial judge, Paul L. Maloney, was appointed by George W. Bush. https://www.americanthinker.com/art...onitoring_scheme_earns_a_federal_lawsuit.html Any surprise how quickly those in the Left will resort to police state like tactics to try to control free speech?