Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The first amendment and hallowed ground

We learned last weekend that whether activity is thought to be protected by the first amendment, and whether the site of any activity is considered hallowed ground, depends upon whose activity and whose ground is involved.
Two large, competing rallies — one mostly white and the other mostly black — will converge on Washington this weekend, each laying claim to the legacy of Martin Luther King on the 47th anniversary of his "I have a dream" speech.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend a rally Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial organized by Fox News TV and radio personality Glenn Beck, who will be joined by 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

For many civil rights leaders, the time and place of the event, titled "Restoring Honor," is an affront.

Notice how the same folks who see nothing wrong with a Ground Zero mosque think that speeches by Beck or Palin on the spot where King spoke is "an affront".

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