Atlantis Cable News Mississippi Governor under fire after signing cross burning ban Jackson, Mississippi- Governor of Mississippi Alan Fisk came under fire this afternoon after he signed the highly controversial SB-254, or the "Terror and Intimidation Suppression Act", which was made it illegal to burn crosses and "other objects" for the purposes of intimidation or other terroristic or criminals threats. The bill, which narrowly passed both houses of the legislature by 63-59 and 27-25 margins respectively, has been criticized as violating the first amendment. The Mississippi ACLU has already announced that they would be filing suit on just such grounds. In a statement made by the Governor's Press Secretary, Tina Brooks, the governor stressed that this in no way impinged on legal speech. "Cross Burning serves no other purpose than to intimidate and threaten others, almost exclusively minorities." Ms. Brooks stressed that SB-254 "only prohibits conduct, not expression. And, just as one cannot burn down someone's house to make a political point and then seek refuge in the First Amendment, those who hate cannot terrorize and intimidate to make their point". Donald Blaum, Katie Hodder-Shaw's deputy campaign manager criticized the bill, calling it, "blatant pandering and a trampling of our constitution."