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Maryland County OKs Use of Building for Klan Group Meeting

By Ryan Lenz on December 19, 2013 - 2:16 pm, Posted in Klan

Citing First Amendment rights, a county in Maryland has given a Ku Klux Klan group permission to meet in a county government building tomorrow night to promote a petition drive to impeach President Obama.

“Barack Hussein Obama is an illegal president,” Richard Preston, imperial wizard of the Confederate White Knights, told the Cecil Whig. “He needs to be removed from office. We also want ‘Obamacare’ shut down. It’s against citizens’ rights.”

Raw Story reported that an impeachment petition would be passed around during the meeting.

Al Wein, Cecil County director of administration, insisted that the county had no choice but to allow the group to use the building.

“The First Amendment … prohibits local government from discriminating against an organization’s right of free speech and peaceable assembly on public property, no matter how offensive the message may be,” Wein’s office said in a written statement distributed to media.

In October, the group planned a rally at Gettysburg National Military Park, the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, but its plans were thwarted when access to the park was restricted due to the U.S. government shutdown.