“Speaker Pelosi continues to crush and disrespect the First Amendment as she refuses to allow peaceful free speech activities to take place on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol Building,” Rev. Patrick Mahoney said.
“Speaker Pelosi has turned the ‘People’s House,’ into ‘Fort Pelosi.’ The US Capitol Building must be a place where all Americans are afforded the right to come and peacefully celebrate and express their First Amendment Rights. Tragically, those rights and freedoms are being denied and prohibited,” he added.
Attorney Brian Chavez-Ochoa, who argued Rev. Mahoney’s case in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, added his words in the statement concerning Pelosi’s actions.
“We are shocked and dismayed at the complete and utter trashing of the First Amendment rights on the U.S. Capitol grounds by Speaker Pelosi. Never in our history have peaceful voices been silenced in front of our elected officials.”
Chavez-Ochoa added, “We are considering all our legal options to ensure this injustice is not allowed to stand.”
Mahoney concluded, “The only activities being prohibited at the U.S. Capitol are peaceful First Amendment events. We call for Speaker Pelosi to immediately return the ‘People’s House’ back to the people.”
The new legal action may impact the treatment of faith groups operating in public in Washington, D.C. In addition, the move may have applications regarding the security around the U.S. Capitol, a controversial issue since the events of Jan. 6.