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MOORESVILLE TOWN COUNCIL <br />RESOLUTION NO. <br />RESOLUTION SUPPORTING AND DEFENDING FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS <br />WHEREAS, The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of <br />America protects five essential areas of individual liberty, stating that: "Congress shall <br />make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or <br />abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, <br />and to petition the government for a redress of grievances" (the "First Amendment Rights"). <br />WHEREAS, the Town of Mooresville maintains a strong commitment to <br />supporting and protecting its residents' First Amendment Rights. <br />WHEREAS, in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak and social upheaval, the <br />Town of Mooresville observed and is alarmed by the federal government and other <br />jurisdictions within the United States, taking action to restrict First Amendment Rights, <br />including: <br />A. Curtailing religious liberties and infringing upon the right to freely exercise <br />religion by banning large gatherings for communal worship; <br />B. Abridging freedom of speech by promoting "cancel culture," in an overt <br />attempt to erase history, encourage lawlessness, silence citizens, and <br />prevent an open exchange of ideas, thoughts, and speech; <br />C. Encouraging television networks and so called "News Channels" to limit <br />facts and stamping out information that does not conform to their political <br />agendas, thereby preventing freedom of the press; and <br />D. Preventing peaceable assembly, including preventing citizens from <br />gathering to attend church services, sporting events, school functions, and <br />conduct business. <br />WHEREAS, the Town of Mooresville opposes the adoption of any law, ordinance, <br />rule, regulation, governmental action, or other similar restriction intended to limit and <br />infringe upon the individual liberties guaranteed to the residents of the Town of <br />Mooresville by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. <br />700221090 <br />