Before I explain things. I should tell you guys that the NATO we're talking about today has nothing to do with the NATO that most of you are probably more familiar with that stands for North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Nope for those of you who saw my previous forum regarding NATO being pissed at Universal Studios over Trolls 2, then you should know that the NATO I'm referring is the one that stands for the National Association of Theater Owners. Now that we've gotten that cleared up. Let's delve into the topic.
According to various sources, NATO is pissed at the state of New Jersey because it has allowed various venues such as churches, malls, museums, and etc to reopen as they claim these venues are protected under the first amendment as free speech. Unfortunately, theaters don't fall under this amendment according to the state of New Jersey, which has angered NATO to want to take the state to court. The indie wire article covering this story said the following:
"Movie theater trade group NATO, along with the three top theater chains, are suing the state of New Jersey in federal court over reopening restrictions. The lawsuit contends that theaters, along with other entertainment venues, are unfairly treated when churches, malls, libraries, and museums are given permission to open under the First Amendment (freedom of speech). Instead, they are categorized under the same restrictions that face gyms, enclosed amusement parks, and live theater venues."- Indie Wire
Here's the article that goes more into this story:
https://www.indiewire.com/2020/07/you-c … 234571773/
Assuming you people even read the link, what are your thoughts? Is NATO justified in their complaints? Or do you think they're full of it? Please discuss.
I would have to hear and understand the arguments that malls, libraries, museums and even church gatherings are protected under the first amendment. For the life of me I can't come up with any twist or spin that malls are about free speech, religion or even the right to assemble.
Sounds much more like politics and pocketbooks to me.
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