The Klan at Gettysburg, 2013 (or not …)

One week after this:

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The Virginia Flaggers celebrate Confederate heritage as only they can.

there were plans to treat us to something at Gettysburg that looked a bit like this:

A previous KKK rally at Gettysburg.
A previous KKK rally at Gettysburg.

This interview sounds some refrains familiar to those of us who have followed the events of the past several months.

Here’s some local reaction.

Now for the good news.

So the shutdown has a bright side after all.

One of the great things about free speech is that everyone gets to exercise it.

Of course, any group committed to making sure that Confederate symbols would not be misused by hate groups would have been outraged by the KKK’s use of this symbol, driven to Gettysburg, and flagged the event, right?

Oh, wait … would they have to pick up Matthew Heimbach on the way?

I guess we’ll never know.

11 thoughts on “The Klan at Gettysburg, 2013 (or not …)

  1. Al Mackey October 1, 2013 / 11:18 am

    Every cloud has a silver lining, though I do feel really bad for the two wedding parties that now have to scramble for another venue.

  2. Noma October 1, 2013 / 11:25 am

    Some priceless coverage and commentary. I was intrigued by this:

    “In a bizarre form of Orwellian doublethink, Rainbow Confederates believe that Southerners were racial egalitarians, generations ahead of those hate filled Yankees, and our nation was secretly going to be formed based upon a multicultural roadmap to equality and unicorns.”

  3. Thelibertylamp October 1, 2013 / 12:48 pm

    Aryan Nations held a rally at Gettysburg a little while ago.

    And the Klan also likes to do rallies at Antietem battle field and Harper’s Ferry where they like to rally and bad mouth John Brown.

    Ha! Now the shutdowns over the healthcare they seem to be fighting against is going to be what keeps them from their rally. Well, they asked for it!

  4. cc2001 October 1, 2013 / 2:55 pm

    I clicked the Matthew Heimbach link, in which he states “A southerner is a man or woman who has a blood tie to our land and our people. A Hispanic, black, Asian or Jew just does not have the ability to be a true southerner.” (Judah Benjamin might take issue with that). Come on you confederate heritage folks–why leave it to us to slap this snarling pup down?

    • Brooks D. Simpson October 1, 2013 / 4:26 pm

      Because, in the words of Tripp Lewis, he’s a “good guy.” Grayson Jennings and Karen Cooper apparently agree, and I haven’t heard Susan Hathaway say otherwise.

  5. Jefferson Moon October 2, 2013 / 3:50 am

    Are these northern or southern klans folk ?

  6. Billy Bearden October 2, 2013 / 8:23 am

    “Of course, any group committed to making sure that Confederate symbols would not be misused by hate groups would have been outraged by the KKK’s use of this symbol, driven to Gettysburg, and flagged the event, right?”

    Just a few instances where heritage folks openly opposed the klown kook kluckers. Ironically the pic you used above appears to be the same day where the counter protesters were assembled in the stories below. The neat thing is that of the counter protestors – Birchler is a Obama supporter and Harrison is black, but both dressed as Confederate soldiers.

    http://www.eveningsun.com/localnews/ci_4140820
    http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/democraticDiscussions/conversations/topics/1080
    http://www.eveningsun.com/localnews/ci_4033133

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