D028 Freedom of Speech and the Right to Boycott

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church urge the President and the Congress of the United States all elected officials to reject legislation that would penalize companies and organizations for their participation in nonviolent boycotts on behalf of Palestinian human rights as such legislation, at both federal and state levels, would be an infringement on First Amendment rights, based on the Supreme Court's consistent definition of boycotts as protected speech; and be it further

Resolved, That this the 79th General Convention instruct the Office of Government Relations in Washington, D.C. to inform legislators of our Church's opposition to the anti-boycott legislation pending in Congress as an infringement on the First Amendment right of free speech, and should such legislation become law, now or in the future, the Convention directs the Executive Council or the Presiding Bishop to file an amicus brief in support of court challenges to the law.; and be it further

Resolved, That should such legislation become law, now or in the future, and challenged in the Courts, the 79th General Convention encourage the Executive Council and the Presiding Bishop in consultation with the Chief Legal Officer to consider filing an amicus brief in support of court challenges to the law.


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