Well they haven't exactly been treated equally by several large American cities--namely Atlanta, GA and Richmond, VA.
In Atlanta, one tea party group is considering a lawsuit, alleging Mayor Kasim Reed is playing favorites (Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
Atlanta Tea Party co-founder Julianne Thompson told Channel 2 Action News that the group, which supports limited taxes and reduced government deficits, has made a request in writing after being denied permission to hold an event downtown because city officials said there was too much red tape and cost involved.
"I think it's very sad that in the city of Atlanta, we seem to have a mayor who picks and chooses who receives special rights regarding free speech -- based on his political ideology," Thompson told Channel 2.
Debbie Dooley, national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, told the AJC that the group had inquired about renting Woodruff Park or Centennial Olympic park but had decided against it due to fees, red tape and restrictions.
If Tea Party members had used civil disobedience, "we would have been removed and arrested," Dooley said.
"We feel like the mayor is selectively deciding who can use the parks," she said.
Note that the Tea Party members are respectfully petitioning the Mayor with grievances, unlike the one Democrat Rep. who yesterday compared Mayor Reed (who is black) to Democrat segregationist Bull Connor for wanting to shut down the squatter camp.
In Richmond, VA, the Tea Party group had to pay $10,000 for using the city plaza, but Occupy Richmond squatters are getting it for free (The Republic, via Gateway Pundit).
The Richmond tea party is demanding a refund of about $10,000 from the city, claiming it unfairly charged them for rallies while allowing the Occupy protesters to use the same space for several weeks for free.
The political organization is sending the city an invoice for the charges incurred for three rallies held in Kanawha Plaza over the past three years. The Occupy protesters have been camped in the plaza since Oct. 15.
Richmond Tea Party spokeswoman Colleen Owens says it’s not fair that her group had to pay fees for permits, portable toilets, police presence and emergency personnel. The group also had to purchase a $1 million insurance policy.
Compared to these Leftist "Occupy" rallies, notice that Tea Parties didn't have trash and human feces strewn everywhere, nor were there police and tear gas, let alone arrests.
There's also neo-Nazis at one Occupy event, who were armed with AR-15s...didn't see that at a Tea Party either.