Religious display by Quakers cancelled

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Religious display by Quakers cancelled
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Thu, 06-10-2004 - 8:17pm
http://www.timesreporter.com/left.php?ID=30609&r=2

The Freinds service committee wanted to set up an anti-war display, but the mayor wouldn't give permission because it "created a stir" amoung veterans.

Comments, opinions ?

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Thu, 06-10-2004 - 9:05pm
I'm not sure that this program being put on by a religious organization had anything to do with it being cancelled. I'd say though that this is the perfect example of what will happen to all types of speech if we let "offense" be the criteria for stiffeling it.

Mary

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Fri, 06-11-2004 - 11:04am
I can't get myself excited over this one. For one thing, it was a church involving itself in politics, and ever since that Colorado Springs thing came up, I'm getting less and less tolerant of the whole idea.

If they want to set up a display, let them use their own property, the way my parish fills the front lawn with tiny little white crosses once per year to protest abortion (what a grim little display that is!)

Alisha

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Fri, 06-11-2004 - 11:23am
"I'm not sure that this program being put on by a religious organization had anything to do with it being cancelled. "

ITA-- It was cancelled because of it's POLITICAL message, ie; anti-war. Some veterans "created a stir" so it was cancelled.

I like Ivallyns idea, they can display the boots on their property. Then I doublt if anyone can legally stop them.

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Fri, 06-11-2004 - 1:58pm
I think the veterans should be stirred up by the dead young men, not the anti-war sentiment.
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Fri, 06-11-2004 - 6:09pm
ITA.

Yes, I don't understand how some people think that being opposed to a particular war (or war in general) somehow makes you against our troops. (I heard "support our troops" and "support our President" alot when I was at the candlelight peace vigil just prior to us attacking Iraq) The reason I am AGAINST this war is because I don't want to see any of our boys come home in a body bag.

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Fri, 06-11-2004 - 6:29pm
I agree with you Idrama BUT not to the extremem that it goes. I don't care WHAT is going on don't burn my nations flag or scream at my soldiers or spit on them. You can have your opinion and voice it but anti-americanism should not be allowed in my opinion.

Lets not get into what constitutes anti-americanism....LOL

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Fri, 06-11-2004 - 7:26pm
Was the "stir" created by the empty boots signifying dead American soldiers, or by the wall commemorating Iraqi civilians killed during the conflict? The article wasn't clear on what the objections are. Either way, I'd have to agree that this is a political, not religious, hot potato.

DD

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Fri, 06-11-2004 - 9:57pm
I hope you are talking in general. I gave no indication that I wanted to burn the flag, or spit on anyone.
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Sat, 06-12-2004 - 8:57pm
>>>ITA-- It was cancelled because of it's POLITICAL message, ie; anti-war. Some veterans "created a stir" so it was cancelled

The subject line of this thread says that a "Religious display" was cancelled.

Political or religious when the criteria for determining whether speech should be allowed is whether someone else might be "offended" we are in serious trouble.

Mary

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Sat, 06-12-2004 - 10:29pm
"The subject line of this thread says that a "Religious display" was cancelled"

You are right, I should have titled it "Political display by religious group" cancelled.Or just plain old "dispaly cancelled"

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