Keeton's side blasts KKK's plan to rally

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Attorneys representing an Augusta State University student whose lawsuit against the school has attracted support from the Ku Klux Klan issued a statement condemning the group's plans for a protest rally later this month.

Jennifer Keeton: ASU student's First Amendment rights were violated by ASU, says the leader of the KKK. The rally is set for Oct. 23.   Special
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Jennifer Keeton: ASU student's First Amendment rights were violated by ASU, says the leader of the KKK. The rally is set for Oct. 23.

An e-mail from the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian faith-based coalition of attorneys, said Keeton and her lawyers are "unequivocally condemning" the plans by the KKK to rally in support of Keeton's lawsuit.

"Jennifer and the ADF are disgusted by the KKK and all it stands for," ADF Senior Counsel David French said in the e-mail. "To say more than that or to discuss their activities at length risks bringing more attention to a failed organization that is seeking to exploit news stories for its own purposes. As the KKK admits in news reports, Jennifer has had no contact with them, and neither have we. Neither Jennifer nor ADF wish to give the KKK the attention it craves."

Officials from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office and the Church of the National Knights of the KKK, based in South Bend, Ind., confirmed Tuesday that permits had been acquired to hold a rally in the median on Fleming Avenue across from ASU's main entrance on Oct. 23.

Bobby Spurlock, who identified himself as imperial wizard knighthawk and grand dragon of South Carolina and North Carolina, said they support Keeton's First Amendment rights to free speech and like her, believe that ASU violated her rights when it required she enter a remediation program to graduate from the school's counseling program.

Keeton was put into the program after she objected to counseling homosexuals. School officials contend that the program is a teaching tool that exposes students to lifestyles and cultures that they may encounter while working as a professional counselor.

In Keeton's case, the school was concerned about statements that Keeton, a Christian, made regarding her ability to counsel homosexual students and wanted her to increase her exposure to that community by reading journals and visiting homosexual-related events.

Keeton objected and filed a lawsuit in July.

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Farmboy
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Farmboy 10/06/10 - 01:43 pm
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I have to say I do agree with

I have to say I do agree with her on this.

sueboo418
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sueboo418 10/06/10 - 01:49 pm
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KKK you aren't wanted here so

KKK you aren't wanted here so stay away!!

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 10/06/10 - 01:56 pm
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The KKK took upon itself a

The KKK took upon itself a huge assumption that Ms. Keeton would welcome their support. Anti gay is only one part of the Klan's many facets and to presume that a cause such as Ms. Keeton's would welcome that group as a whole to back her is presumptuous at best. Hopefully, the klan will get lost once again and not show to 'support' her......

mable8
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mable8 10/06/10 - 02:05 pm
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If the KKK had their way,

If the KKK had their way, most of us wouldn't be around. Sort of like Hitler's "pure race" ideology. Problem with that is there aren't enough blond, blue-eyed, pale faced individuals around to populate the world in the KKK image. Wonder what KKK's stance is on blond, blue-eyed, pale faced individuals who happen to have freckles? Guess they would be out with the rest of us since they have some sort of flaw in their genetic component!! I don't really think that Keeton or her attorneys asked for the KKK "assistance;" it's just that the KKK needs a little more publicity to reassure themselves that they really do exist.

ohreally
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ohreally 10/06/10 - 02:10 pm
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All right KKK. Yall know

All right KKK. Yall know Augusta is kinda vilolent. They might not get as peaceful a welcome as they did over her in SC. I'm just saying. Look at the crime rate. I know! They should head out to MLK, Jr. Blvd. after they leave there. I'm sure there are a lot of people who want to join over there. LOL!! And please, wear the robes. LOL!

Cheeched
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Cheeched 10/06/10 - 02:42 pm
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Intolerant bigotry begets

Intolerant bigotry begets intolerant bigotry. The KKK are the same as Ms. Keeton. They should get along rather well I'd think....

jiclemens
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jiclemens 10/06/10 - 02:21 pm
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@cheeched, exactly.

@cheeched, exactly.

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burninater 10/06/10 - 02:35 pm
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Keeton is suing for a free

Keeton is suing for a free speech issue, but she doesn't welcome the exercise of free speech with which she doesn't agree.

The "Christian martyr" schtick is starting to wear a little thin. America is not Israel. We are not founded on the idea that members of a certain religious group are God's chosen tribe. If you SUE for respect for your views, costing MY tax money, you darn well better not turn around and tell others their exercise of their free speech rights is unwelcome. I think the KKK is as repugnant as the next guy, but the holier-than-thou attitude is a close second, if not tied for repugnancy.

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raul 10/06/10 - 02:50 pm
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Agree, //////burninater.

Agree, //////burninater.

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RoadkiII 10/06/10 - 03:18 pm
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Mr Spurlock, follow these

Mr Spurlock, follow these directions and you should not have the problems you had with the Aiken rally. Simply follow I-20 west to Dallas, TX. Then take I-35 south until you hear "Bienvenido a México, mi amigo, amablemente nos siguen a Falcon Lake."

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 10/06/10 - 03:44 pm
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Mr. spurlock, please follow

Mr. spurlock, please follow RK's directions. He's a truck driver and thus an expert. He knows he's sending you on the correct course...........

confederatelady319
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confederatelady319 10/06/10 - 04:05 pm
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ROADKILL Sad thing is

ROADKILL Sad thing is SPURLOCK signed up 28 need members while he was in carolina by himself.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 10/06/10 - 04:29 pm
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I think the best possible way

I think the best possible way to deal with this bunch of losers showing up is to flood the median strip on Fleming until it is such a muddy quagmire they will ruin their shoes and robes standing in it. They can't legally stand in the street or in people yards, so if counter-protesters hit the sidewalks early enough, there won't be a dry place for the kluckers to stand.

Serve 'em right.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 10/06/10 - 04:34 pm
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And, for the record, her

And, for the record, her saying that she wouldn't be able to counsel homosexuals in a way that supports a gay lifestyle is nowhere near to condemning homosexuals as people. Ever been to a business establishment, ie, a bar or restaurant, with a sign clearly posted saying "We reserve the right to refuse service", meaning refuse service to anyone at their discretion?

In this country, so far you're still allowed to have a business, even if it's nothing more than a club. Ever hear of concierge doctors? It's hard to be more selective that they are.

You can't make people deal with people they don't want to deal with any more than you can force kids to play with other children they don't like or find objectionable. It's just not illegal to choose whom you're going to allow to be your patient, whether you're a doctor, a dentist or a counselor. It may a stupid way to build a thriving, successful practice, but, like it or not, it doesn't mean someone is unfit to practice simply because they choose not to treat you.

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ProudAFL1234 10/06/10 - 04:35 pm
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Burninator, good point.

Burninator, good point.

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 10/06/10 - 04:41 pm
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burninater good point well

burninater good point well taken makes better sense then Keeton whacked out brian cells

KingJames
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KingJames 10/06/10 - 04:50 pm
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@ Storiesihaveread, brian

@ Storiesihaveread, brian cells? I know it's a typo, but it's still funny.

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freeradical 10/06/10 - 04:57 pm
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That these clowns were

That these clowns were suddenly inspired at this late date , by

a mysterious unamed someone who, " is aware of her ",

feeling suddenly compelled at this late date to contact this obscure

collection of cretins is a fish story only the most gullible would buy.

Namely the hapless reporter of this story.

So they honestly told you Mr. Folk that there is a mystery person out

there who:

" is aware of her "

And with a straight face I'll bet.

Boy I'll bet finding out who the one mystery person in the CSRA who

actually, is ,"aware of her" would be quite a scoop for a reporter

of your obvious caliber Mr Folk.

There may even be a Pulitzer in it for you.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 10/06/10 - 05:20 pm
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The KKK wants to kill

The KKK wants to kill everyone and the secularites want to kill everyone. I wonder if they're the same people?
Everyone who's not like everyone else should be killed.

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johnston.cliff 10/06/10 - 05:23 pm
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As usual Fiat-Lux, your 4:34

As usual Fiat-Lux, your 4:34 is one of the few posts that make any sense today.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 10/06/10 - 05:25 pm
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Keeton/KKK-- I don't see a
Unpublished

Keeton/KKK-- I don't see a difference- both have hateful views

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 10/06/10 - 05:35 pm
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TruckinRanger/Barney the

TruckinRanger/Barney the retarded dinosaur.....

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 10/06/10 - 05:53 pm
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Keeton doesn't hate

Keeton doesn't hate homosexuals. She just can't, as a matter of moral conscience, assist them in choosing and pursuing a homosexual lifestyle.

How in the world can a rational or intelligent person equate that with hatefulness? If she believes that doing what you demand she be willing to do actually endangers someone, how could you decide you have standing to condemn her for refusing to do that? Would you also berate her for not encouraging a child to play with gasoline while holding a lit match? Those two situations may more analogous than you can appreciate.

If you disagree with her, well fine; it is your right after all. But it's extremely unlikely that you lead a life that gives you a moral leg up on Jenn Keeton, or even really understand where she is coming from.

Its also somewhat revolting to have moral relativists bashing her, as if they understood what they are even talking about.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 10/06/10 - 05:54 pm
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Why don't you guys stick with

Why don't you guys stick with the issue of the KKK showing up in town? That's the topic, after all.

Indigo
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Indigo 10/06/10 - 06:23 pm
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So what your saying is Keeton

So what your saying is Keeton Keeboshes Klan rally?

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 10/06/10 - 06:59 pm
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for some of you writing on

for some of you writing on here you can't give this girl a break. If she had welcomed the KKK then she would be called hateful and a bigot and now that she has said that they are not welcome you still condemn her. Sounds to me like you can't see straight past your own bias feelings. The fact is that some people will never accept the fact that you can love a person without approving of their actions.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 10/06/10 - 07:39 pm
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If Keeton chose to embrace

If Keeton chose to embrace homosexuality and teach it to all of her patients, she'd be secular. She's a Christian. Where's the confusion?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 10/06/10 - 07:40 pm
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KKK jumps in front of parade

KKK jumps in front of parade and yells, "Follow Me!". Maybe they've been to the Jesse Jackson University.

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booble 10/06/10 - 07:41 pm
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She can decide who and what

She can decide who and what she councils AFTER she completes the required classes, just like everyone else who seeks that degree.
Also, unfortunately the Klan live in the USA so they are protected just like we all are, to freedom of speech. Like it or not!! Period.

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Dixieman 10/07/10 - 06:16 am
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Fiat Lux and Johnston.cliff

Fiat Lux and Johnston.cliff have said it all and are out there ahead of me.

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