KKK to Rally at Gettysburg

The KKK has received a permit to hold a rally at the site of the battle of Gettysburg, which is now controlled by the National Park Service. The NPS said in a statement, “The National Park Service mission in preserving and protecting the historic resources at Gettysburg includes making them available to all Americans, even those whose views are contrary to the majority of the American public.” Absolutely right. But I’m a bit disappointed to see that the commenters at Raw Story aren’t any brighter than those at the Worldnetdaily.

Um what about the fact that their views as an organized group are contrary to the American public. To be supported by the rights they feel they deserve then their duty is to uphold the rights of other Americans. If there point is to remove the rights of non white and homosexual citizens then why should their rights be upheld. If they want to be there than they can be there as a citizen not as a antagonist.

I have no idea what the hell that mess means. The commenter appears to think that you don’t have the right to free speech if you’re going to argue against anyone else’s rights. And that’s nonsense.

This is no different than allowing a Hitler rally at the WWII memorial.

And that would be allowed too.

Confederates were not and are not Americans, so how does the Constitution apply to them?

False on all counts. There are also a whole lot of comments about how all the Republicans will be there. That’s just obnoxious well-poisoning, not a serious argument.

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  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    WHICH “site of the battle?” There was fighting practically all around the town — in fields, woods, hillsides…are the Klansmen going to be parading through all of them? Wherever they go, I guess they can be easily avoided. What are thy gonna do, pray over every piece of turf the Confederates lost or bled on?

    And if any reasonably famous Republicans show up, that can be used against them.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Or maybe they’ll just gather around that huge PA memorial and stomp their feet and scream “It wasn’t about slavery! The n*gg*rs were happy!” until they turn blue in the face?

  • alanb

    Raging Bee,

    Another article says that “the afternoon event will be held on the lawn area north of Gen. George Meade’s headquarters.”

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    The KKK has received a permit to hold a rally at the site of the battle of Gettysburg, which is now controlled by the National Park Service.

    Didn’t I hear something on the news about all the National Parks being closed due to the shutdown?

    Doesn’t that mean that this can’t go ahead at least until the current mess is solved?

    Or am I missing something here?

  • Alverant

    Once comment did, correctly, point out that the KKK is a terrorist group. I’m not sure if it’s legally classified as one, but it fits the criteria. Also since the KKK wear hoods, how do you know who they are and if they are the same people who applied for a permit?

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie


    You are correct, Sir!

    Also, too, they won’t be able to process gun permits because of there being no background checks. Why does the GOP hate MurKKKa?

  • birgerjohansson

    It is a good thing the KKK is there to remind people of what the South was about, all the way up to the 1960:s (and in some places even today). Dumb fuckers.

  • acroyear

    yeah…except Gettysburg is now closed, like every other NPS property. Anybody on the grounds will be asked by security to leave.

  • birgerjohansson

    The one positive thing about the Klan is, they are not opportunistic…Other racists at least try to dress up their belifs with “state’s rights” BS.

  • alanb


    The latest line is, “We’re not racists; we just believe in the separation of the races.”

  • marcus

    Alverant @ 4 As far as I can tell the Klan are not designated as a state-recognized terrorist group. Of course the SPLC lists them as a ‘hate’ group The hoods are not usually deployed in legally sanctioned events except as ‘theater’ and not to purposefully conceal their identities which, I would assume is illegal, at least on federally owned properties.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Shouldn’t they gather around Fort Sumter?

  • barry21

    @Alan B,

    We’re not racist, we just don’t want to be anywhere near other races? They’ve come such a long way!

  • arakasi

    I think that it might be worthwhile to invite the reenactors of the 20th Maine Volunteers to reprise the defense of Little Round Top

  • tsig

    Should we tell them that they lost?

  • Alverant

    #11 Marcus

    Yeah, I can’t figure why they’re not designated as a terrorist group since burning a cross in someone’s front yard would be considered an act of terror. My guess is that either

    1) They haven’t done a violent act “recently” (recent meaning as far back as convenient for them)

    2) They’re christian and christian groups are hard to get classified as terrorist

  • valhar2000

    I don’t get these complaints. I mean, it’s not as if it were the Slymepit asking for a permit!

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    demo @6: are you sure about that? I thought agencies that provided services for fees, like permits, passports, visas, etc., could still do that, on the grounds that those operations pay for themselves and would therefore not run out of money if the government shut down.

    Or that, at least, was what I was told the last time around, when I was on contract to USCIS.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    I thought all the actual terrorists and terrorist-wannabees split off from the “mainstream” KKK to smaller splinter-groups practicing “leaderless resistance.” I remember reading about how the KKK was in a bind, because it was too hateful for the casual rednecks looking to socialize, and not hateful enough for the hardcore fascist extremists.

  • Chiroptera

    The commenter appears to think that you don’t have the right to free speech if you’re going to argue against anyone else’s rights. And that’s nonsense.

    In fact, it would appear that arguing against someone else’s rights is what they themselves are doing.

    Confederates were not and are not Americans, so how does the Constitution apply to them?

    Actually, the Civil War was fought under the principle that the Confederates actually were and remained Americans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=730511544 billdaniels

    “isn’t it interesting that all of the battles of the Revolutionary War and the Civil War took place in state or national parks?” Paraphrase of Stephen Colbert.

  • acroyear

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/01/kkk-rally-canceled_n_4024192.html?ncid=txtlnkushpmg00000037 – and I was right…

    “Irony can be pretty ironic, sometimes…”

  • exdrone

    If the KKK wins for the Confederacy this time around, does that repeal the 13th Amendment? Maybe they’ve been emboldened by the Tea Party. There is no law that cannot be undone by the will of an irate minority, I guess.

  • caseloweraz

    I can already see the headline in the next WND:

    Government shuts down peaceful, permitted march!