Atheist group files lawsuit against Sen. Jason Rapert on social media blocking

Oct 3, 2018


A lawsuit has been filed against an Arkansas state senator for allegedly violating the U.S. Constitution and state law when blocking people from his official social media accounts.

American Atheists filed a federal lawsuit claiming State Senator Jason Rapert violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments when blocking individuals, including four of the plaintiffs, from his official Twitter and Facebook accounts when they expressed differing viewpoints. The complaint also accuses Rapert of blocking plaintiffs due to their atheism.

American Atheists’ Legal and Policy Director Alison Gill says government officials can’t limit participation in public forums due to differing beliefs.

The complaint states plaintiffs were blocked when voicing criticism of his attacks on members of the LGBTQ community, the senator’s support of a bill to require the display of “In God We Trust” in all Arkansas public school classrooms and libraries, his support for a Ten Commandments monument on Capitol grounds and more.

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