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#1 Hum

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 15:09

GETTYSBURG, PA –  The Ku Klux Klan has been granted a permit to hold an event at Gettysburg National Military Park.

Park officials say the special-use permit was approved for a Maryland-based KKK group to exercise its First Amendment rights on Oct. 5. The afternoon event will be held on the lawn area north of Gen. George Meade's Headquarters.

 

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Officials say the park has a responsibility to make that land available for citizens to exercise their right to freedom of speech, even if the views expressed are contrary to those of most Americans.

The group held a membership rally earlier this month at the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg, Md., where thousands of people died in a Civil War clash that set the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 15:17

Maybe they should let the new black panthers to host the event near that, so they can duel out with each other.

We all can just sit back and enjoy.



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 15:21

Cool I guess.



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 15:48

Maybe I'll drive over and take pictures for Neowin. :laugh:



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 15:49

eh, who cares.. let racism die. 



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 16:17

Well, I guess thats ok.. I mean whether its a KKK party, or a huge mormon fundraiser, or even a girl scout cookie rally, its covered by the constitution, no matter how ludicrous...

 

Have fun you crazy hillbillies...



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 16:35

I don't think someone thought this one through.



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 16:36

Maybe they should let the new black panthers to host the event near that, so they can duel out with each other.

We all can just sit back and enjoy.

Can't decide which group I dislike more. Obviously racism is dumb. The KKK have managed to keep anything "bad" they do under wraps for some time now. Black Panthers have become more of a problem than the KKK in recent years for the general populace.



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 16:38

eh, who cares.. let racism die. 

 

 

They won't.

 

 

 

Freedom of speech is freedom of speech. You don't have to pass an IQ test or have a minimum level of logic or reasoning skills to be granted access to the right.



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 16:42

They won't.

 

 

 

Freedom of speech is freedom of speech. You don't have to pass an IQ test or have a minimum level of logic or reasoning skills to be granted access to the right.

same reason why we can't really stop that crazy church. Everyone agrees we should but doing so would create precedence
that would quickly be abused.



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 16:47

same reason why we can't really stop that crazy church. Everyone agrees we should but doing so would create precedence
that would quickly be abused.

 

They won't.

 

 

 

Freedom of speech is freedom of speech. You don't have to pass an IQ test or have a minimum level of logic or reasoning skills to be granted access to the right.

 

At least force these kind of people to express their opinions away from other people. Surely that's reasonable? 



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 19:25

At least force these kind of people to express their opinions away from other people. Surely that's reasonable? 

 

 

How? It's not free if you can only express it in certain places and/or certain times.

 

No one has the right not to be offended.



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 19:33

At least force these kind of people to express their opinions away from other people. Surely that's reasonable?


No, it isn't. Everyone has to have equal access to the public square or freedom of speech means nothing. Even the ACLU has come down on the side of the KKK and neo-NAZI groups on this.

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 19:36

No, it isn't. Everyone has to have equal access to the public square or freedom of speech means nothing. Even the ACLU has come down on the side of the KKK and neo-NAZI groups on this.

 

 

What do you mean even the ACLU? This is something the ACLU would be expected to defend.



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 19:38

At least force these kind of people to express their opinions away from other people. Surely that's reasonable? 

 

Nope, freedom of speech means just that, freedom to say what you want.

 

Start restricting speech, either by location or content, then there is no longer a 1st amendment right and then all speech must be restricted, including that which you agree with, to be fair.

 

Some people would say they would be fine with restricting certain speech that they don't agree with.

 

The danger is that then creates a state-sponsored speech. And if you don't agree with what the state wants to allow, you end up with what you see in Russia where just saying you support gay rights gets you put in prison.

 

Think about it people!!