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Posted on 08/10/2010 11:38:56 AM PDT by AccuracyAcademia
We have finally learned what, in this day and age, can get students thrown off of federal propertysinging the National Anthem. A group of high school students attending a conservative leadership conference in Washington, D.C. said they were ordered by a security guard to stop singing the national anthem during a June 25 visit to the Lincoln Memorial, Todd Starnes reported on Fox News yesterday.
They told them to stop singing, said Evan Gassman, a spokesman for the Young Americas Foundation, which sponsored the conference. I was taken aback.
You wouldnt expect a display of national patriotism to be censored. The cops told them that they had to be content-neutral.
The area they were standing in and singing is an area that is restricted for this type of activity, Sgt. David Schlosser explained. The United States Park Police is absolutely content-neutral when it comes to any sort of demonstrations in these areas.
Thus, do gamblers at a horse race have a right that patriotic youth at the Lincoln Memorial dont.
Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia.
But singing the communist “Internationale” would be perfectly acceptable.
Heard about this outrage. What song would be content-neutral? As if I know what that really means. I would have kept on singing. Linked arms and kept on singing. It’s the National Anthem for goodness sake!
It was a great teaching moment that they will carry the rest of their life. What did the group do to protest this?
It sounds like they were told they could move about 25 feet further away and then be free to sing, but that there is a rule for quiet areas closer to the monument or something along that line.
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