Friday, December 07, 2007

Louisiana Righteousness

We read:

"Displays of nooses, swastikas, burning crosses or other "hate symbols" deliberately meant to intimidate others will become crimes under a proposal headed for the City Council Thursday.

Fielkow said the act is borne out of concern that expressions of racial or ethnic hate -- for instance, in Jena, La., and in the display of nooses in a Jefferson Parish government office -- are too common. He said New Orleans has to go on record in favor of tolerance as it rebuilds after Hurricane Katrina.

The proposed ordinance would make displays of the three specific symbols, plus the display of "any symbol" meant to intimidate punishable by a fine of $500 and six months in jail.


Unlikely to survive a 1st Amendment challenge. If burning Old Glory is protected speech ....