August 27, 2006

Just expressing their opinion...

Salt Lake Tribune:

Members of Utah's Jewish community are alarmed by a proposed demonstration that will call for "Death to Israel."

A man - whose name wasn't available Thursday - has applied for a free-speech permit from Salt Lake City to demonstrate on sidewalks near City Hall on Wednesday. The city is reviewing the application.

City officials cannot constitutionally deny it based on the content of the message...

...But the police department has given its OK to the protest. Spokesman Joe Cyr said the group sponsoring the rally—listed as Center to Prevent Corporate Media Lying—has held demonstrations before. On average, about nine people show, he said. The permit application anticipates between nine and about 130 demonstrators.

"It's not like they're threatening to kill people," Cyr said. "They're just [expressing] their opinion."...

Of course they're not threatening to kill people. Why, saying Death to Israel" is pretty much polite meaningless chit-chat in left-leaning circles these days. Sorta like saying "Hey, how's it going?" "Cool man. Death to Israel!"

Posted by John Weidner at August 27, 2006 4:26 PM
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