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You seem to have a definition of dissent thats seems to include the suppression of people you dissent with.

No, I don't condone disrupting the proceedings.

I just say that if you open an event to the public, you don't get to exclude the guy with the "gays are people too" T-shirt.

In public spaces this is quite easy to solve: first come, first served. The counter demonstration has then to choose another space or time.

In private spaces the owner or operator decides.

And I'm saying that that's a bullshit distinction.

If you're hosting an even that's open to the public, it's open to the public. You don't get to tell someone that he's not welcome because he's wearing a punker haircut and a St. Pauli t-shirt. Or a banner saying "the Pope covered up for child rapists."

whites only - not legal
shopping only - quite legal

In other words, protesting child labor in front of a Nike store whose storefront faces a public street is legal, but the same protest against the same store would be illegal if it were located in a private covered arcade.

How is this not allowing people to buy protection from protest?

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Aug 31st, 2012 at 09:51:29 AM EST
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