“Yes, we are representing them, but we are still working on the strategy.”
Let me start off by saying that I fully support the ACLU’s effort to represent the KKK in their case against the state of Georgia.
Those are words that I thought I would never say in my life … but it’s absolutely true. It goes without saying that the KKK is absolutely repugnant, vile, disgusting, and offensive. There are few organizations if any that I can consider more vile and worthy of the karma that they so very much deserve. But unfortunately – to eliminate the rights of the KKK is to eliminate the rights of every other American. As long as they’re not harming people – they’re allowed to spread their disgusting ideology. That’s what a democracy looks like … that’s what freedom of speech allows for.
The minute government is able to infringe on someone’s right to join the “adopt a highway” program … is the minute it will be legal to tell a Synagogue or Mosque that it’s not legal to build or preach. The minute government is allowed to infringe on the rights of the KKK it will be legal to tell blacks or Latinos they can’t start businesses in certain areas. The moment that you start to strip away rights from some is the moment you strip away rights from us all.
And so … I have no choice but to support the ACLU in their case.
The Raw Story has the details HERE:
The International Keystone Knights of the KKK in Union County recently applied to “adopt” one mile of Route 515, located in the Appalachian Mountains near North Carolina. The state would have been forced to give the group official recognition in the form of road signs bearing their name and other benefits in return for cleaning up litter on the stretch of highway.
Within 48 hours, the Georgia Department of Transportation rejected the request, claiming the group had a “long rooted history of civil disturbance would cause a significant public concern.”
The The Atlanta Journal Constitution adds:
“A likely precedent was established in 2005 when a federal court ruled that Missouri had no right to ban the KKK from the Adopt-a-Highway program based on the Klan’s political beliefs.
“In rejecting the Klan, which has a history of violence against blacks and minority groups, DOT said the highway cleanup program was open only to ‘civic-minded organization in good standing.’”
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