Katie Kyros: A Ku Klux Klan group has now been granted permission to hold a rally at Gettysburg National Military Park on Taneytown Road.
The National Park Service says it preserves historic resources, making them “available to all Americans, even those whose views are contrary to the majority of the American public.”
The group is called the Confederate White Knights and it’s based in Maryland. Their leader says they’re planning a small demonstration demanding proof of President Obama’s citizenship. The rally will be held on October 5th.
“I’m sure we’ll have counter-protestors, I’m not sure what they’re trying to protest other than we’re the Klan,” says Richard Preston, the group’s leader.
Meanwhile, the Adams County Unity Coalition will hold a unity event at the same time, at the Lutheran Seminary. It will feature music and kids’ activities.
“I think a lot of people are feeling the same way, that this isn’t something that we want in Gettysburg, this isn’t what Gettysburg is about,” says Ashley Andyshak Hayes of the Gettysburg YWCA.
The park says additional law enforcement will be there to keep visitors and demonstrators safe.
A Maryland-based Ku Klux Klan chapter has been granted a special permit to assemble at the Gettysburg National Military Park, according to park officials .
In a written statement Thursday, the National Park Service said the permit was issued to the Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which plans to rally in Gettysburg on Oct. 5
The demonstration will be held from 1-4 p.m. on the north lawn of Gen. George Mead’s headquarters on Taneytown Road, the release states.
“The group requested the permit under the first amendment of the United States Constitution which grants all citizens the rights to freedom of speech,” according to the news release. “As custodians of land owned by the American people, the National Park Service has a responsibility to make that land available for exercising those rights.”
The news release stated additional law enforcement agencies will assist the park to make certain that demonstrators, visitors, and staff experience a safe atmosphere on the day of the event.
Hmmm I wonder how things will go there. And I am wondering why they are now just coming out after so long being under the radar so to speak. Things may get pretty interesting.....
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