Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Shutting down the KKK

At least one good thing is happening out of the federal government shutdown: a KKK rally in Gettysburg is, well, shut down.

Shutting down the KKK

Hey, cheer up, shutdown haters.

Another group of haters also is being shut down due to the inane inaction of your Congress.

The Harrisburg Patriot-News reported Wednesday that a sanctioned rally of the Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan planned for Saturday at Gettysburg National Military Park is cancelled because the park, like other national historic sites, is closed.

The group had a permit to gather near Gen. Meade's headquarters along Taneytown Road. But its, um, event -- and at least 11 unrelated others scheduled this month, including two weddings -- is off.

Most of the 26 miles of roadway through the park are closed to all traffic, including motorists, hikers, bikers and racists.

In an interview with the newspaper, the Imperial Wizard of the Maryland-based group, said he's looking into holding the rally in Gettysburg's town square (where there's a statue of Abraham Lincoln outside the Wills House).

“If the borough laws say we can be there, we will be there with a bull horn,” Mr. Wizard said.

Hopefully, "the borough laws" will say otherwise.

Pennsylvania, of course, is well known for its fringe, conspiracy, anti-government and hate groups. A recent Southern Poverty Law Center study says the state has 35 such organizations and that nationally the number of like groups is at an all-time high.

So, you know, God bless America, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and, in this case, the federal shutdown.


John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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