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Debate Score:15
Arguments:13
Total Votes:17
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Marching with hate symbols?

THE CASE

You are the mayor of Skokie, Ill., a community with a large Jewish population, including thousands of Holocaust survivors. Members of a political party with a history of divisive and discriminatory views want to stage a march in your town. In past public gatherings, the members of this party have worn uniforms that resemble the robes worn by the Ku Klux Klan (a hate group that promotes white supremacy) and armbands with swastikas, a symbol of the Nazi Party. The Nazi Party, led by Adolf Hitler, was responsible for the death of millions of Jews and members of other minority groups in the World War II Holocaust.

Although the party has said this march is about protesting new rules limiting political demonstrations in public parks, many members of your community suspect that it will also be used as an opportunity to promote the group’s anti-Semitic and anti-integration views and to intimidate local residents. The marchers argue that because they have given fair warning of when and where the march will take place (in addition to public announcements, they have advertised the planned gathering in the local newspaper) residents who are fearful can avoid the protest.

Community members are rallying together to try to stop this demonstration, which many see as similar to Nazi demonstrations against Jews during World War II because of the views being expressed and the display of swastikas. A local circuit court has ruled that the march cannot take place because of the real and significant potential that it will turn violent. But the party is appealing the ruling, and your community is looking to you for guidance on what to do next.

Should you allow this protest to proceed?

Yes.

Side Score: 9
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No.

Side Score: 6
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should you allow this protest to proceed?

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Of course. The first amendment doesn’t say the government has to approve of the reasons for the march. It says they have the right to march, and I agree wholeheartedly.

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Side: Yes.
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I would allow the protest because it would censor citizens' views. If violence is presumed to take place, law enforcement could always step in to decrease the violence. Telling these people that they cannot protest, would be the same as me telling Jewish people that they cannot protest against genocide.

Side: Yes.
Mongele(486) Disputed
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Side: No.
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i believe you just always be able to say how you feel. your protest should be protected by the law unless it s a violent protest then the government should stop your protest

Side: Yes.
Mongele(486) Disputed
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Side: No.
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I believe that we should allow this protest to continue because they have yet to do anything violent and made everyone aware of the march. Not allowing it would go against their right of free speech.

Side: Yes.
Mongele(486) Disputed
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Side: No.
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They should be able to protest ,even if others may not like what they say, because in our first amendment it give us the right to have freedom of speech.

Side: Yes.
Mongele(486) Disputed
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Side: No.
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I do believe they should be given the right to protest. They should have the right to speak out and protest. If things start to get violent, that is when forces should be forceful.

Side: Yes.
Mongele(486) Disputed
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Side: No.
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I do believe that they should be given the right to protest, if the protest were to turn violent there should be officers to put a stop to it at that point. However, overall if someone wants to speak up with others on a matter publicly, they should be able to do so.

Side: Yes.
Mongele(486) Disputed
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Side: No.
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