Klan says 50 will demonstrate

ASU to see tight security Saturday

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The Ku Klux Klan predicts more than 50 members in full regalia to rally near the campus of Augusta State University on Saturday.

Augusta State student Jennifer Keeton sued the university in July.  Special
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Augusta State student Jennifer Keeton sued the university in July.

They plan to protest the treatment of Jennifer Keeton, a graduate student who faces expulsion from the counseling program because of her views on homosexuality.

But whether that many people will actually show is anyone's guess.

Richmond County sheriff's Lt. Scott Gay said he is working closely with ASU public safety to provide security. They're planning for the largest number of people to show up, plus protestors.

"We plan for the worst and hope for the best," Gay said. For security reasons, he declined to give specifics on the precautions being taken.

A spokeswoman for ASU said the county is handling security arrangements.

Historically, the record is mixed about Klan rallies.

At a rally in Gloverville, S.C., this April, only Grand Dragon of South Carolina Tim Bradley showed up at a city park. The rest of the members got lost en route, Bradley said.

There are similar stories around the country of short-lived Klan rallies and Klan members routed by stone-throwing counter-protestors.

But there was also a south Georgia rally in Nahunta in February attended by about 40 Klan members and hundreds more turning out in support.

More recently, on Sept. 12, a similar size rally was held in Ellijay, Ga., near Chattanooga, Tenn.

Though 40 Klansmen might not sound like many, "in this day and age that many in regalia is a large gathering," said Bill Nigut, the southeastern regional director for the Anti-Defamation League.

"Georgia has had a resurgence of Klan activity," Nigut added.

Nigut limited his speculation about turnout for Saturday's rally -- which Keeton, through her attorneys, has denounced -- but said there are two things going in its favor.

An organizer such as Bobby Spurlock, the imperial wizard knighthawk and grand dragon of South Carolina and North Carolina, can draw the numbers. Also, the Keeton case is a controversial and national story, so it has a large number of supporters and detractors, Nigut said.

Then again, the ADL has discussed Augusta's rally with the U.S. Department of Justice and at this point there's no reason to believe it's a big deal, Nigut said.

Mark Potok, the director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, is more blunt in his assessment of Saturday's rally.

"It's all bluster," Potok said. "The Klan is a sorry shadow of its former self."

It's common for the KKK to brag about big numbers, but usually they are largely outnumbered by the counter-protestors, Potok said. Even on the white supremacist scene, the Klan is seen as less important today, he said.

In its heyday during the 1920s, the Klan had about 4 million members. Over the decades those numbers declined to the current estimates of about 6,000.

"They just don't have the people to put on the street, no matter what they boast about," Potok said.

Information from The Florida Times-Union and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was used in this report.

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sjgraci
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sjgraci 10/21/10 - 01:23 am
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Bigots for Bigots.

Bigots for Bigots.

MajorPaul
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MajorPaul 10/21/10 - 04:28 am
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While it is true the Klan are

While it is true the Klan are a bunch of idiots, it is also true that Miss Keaton has a story people need to hear.
Anyone with more than 3 brain cells to rub together would denounce the Klan gathering in their support, but it is ironic that the ASU counseling department has a mind set much like that of the Klan.
They do not mind "religious instruction" at all, as long as it goes along with their party line.
When asked by a student if they thought homosexuality was a sin, the majority of the students in the program said they would answer that it was not a sin. That answer is as equally religious as Miss Keaton's answer that she believes it is a sin.
The remaining students tossed out the old cliche "Do you think it is a sin?" If ASU wants its counselors to answer students questions that way, a degree is not necessary. All the students need is a 30 minute workshop for that sort of counseling.
So. . . bigots about everything on the one hand, and bigots against morality on the other, Maybe they can get together and sew some new sheets with the ASU logo on one side.

sdrwtcn
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sdrwtcn 10/21/10 - 05:09 am
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So will we see you at the

So will we see you at the Rally, Major?

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 10/21/10 - 05:43 am
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Jennifer should be proud.
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Jennifer should be proud. Her followers are coming to support her.

OMallen
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OMallen 10/21/10 - 05:55 am
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I love that Jennifer Keeton

I love that Jennifer Keeton will now and forever in Augusta (and on the internet) be associated with the KKK. It makes me happy when like-minded groups band together to support each other.

cristinadh
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cristinadh 10/21/10 - 06:00 am
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Oh Keeton!!.. you must be so

Oh Keeton!!.. you must be so proud!!

seabeau
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seabeau 10/21/10 - 06:23 am
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The Southern Poverty Law

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a group of extreme leftest liberals ,who have themselves been indicted for various financial schemes to defraud contributers to their Cause. That is, Themselves.

curly123053
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curly123053 10/21/10 - 06:47 am
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Just stay home and watch

Just stay home and watch college football like I will be doing. I have ZERO interest in any racist hate groups like the Klan, Panthers, and Skinheads make me want to vomit. All tools of the devil if you want my opinion. We are all supposed to be united, not seperated.

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 10/21/10 - 07:00 am
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Demonstrate stupidity.

Demonstrate stupidity.

Chillen
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Chillen 10/21/10 - 08:03 am
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To insinuate that this poor

To insinuate that this poor woman is somehow proud, associated with or in lockstep with the KKK is wrong. She did not ask them to come and she has asked them not to come.

I don't agree at all with her lawsuit but I'm fairly certain that the KKK, known mainly for it's racism against blacks, does not espouse her beliefs.

BornInAUG
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BornInAUG 10/21/10 - 08:12 am
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So the lesson here is

So the lesson here is tolerate everything, EXCEPT Christianity? I'm with Major on this one. If you're going to protect the rights of someone to be homosexual, don't you also have to protect the right to disagree? You can't only support what you agree with. People disagree with Christianity, Homosexuality, Racism, etc. But as Americans don't we have the right to believe what we want and disagree with what we don't? Consider the opposite: If a homosexual Counseling student disagreed with Christian values and was outspoken about it, would they be required to take a remediation class and risk expulsion? This tolerance thing is a slippery slope...as a society I think we need to check ourselves and ask if we value tolerance or morality. I disagree with the KKK, but Jennifer, thanks for taking a stand! My prayers and support are with you.

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rmwhitley 10/21/10 - 08:12 am
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I'm ultra conservative. the
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I'm ultra conservative. the kkk and naacp are two(2) unregulated groups that should be disbanded or arrested on sight.

So crates
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So crates 10/21/10 - 08:24 am
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Like attracts like. Doesn't

Like attracts like. Doesn't matter if Keeton doesn't see herself as like the KKK. The KKK says that she is exactly what they are. Deny as she might, the KKK sees themselves in Jennifer Keeton. Maybe that makes it clearer to some why so many non-klan types see the same thing.

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fd1962 10/21/10 - 08:29 am
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Any narcissistic poseur who
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Any narcissistic poseur who can describe himself as 'Imperial Wizard Knighthawk Grand Dragon of South Carolina and North Carolina' has to be great entertainment. Wouldn't miss it for the world. Wake me when it's over.

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 10/21/10 - 09:11 am
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"The imperial wizard

"The imperial wizard knighthawk and grand dragon"

This title reminds me of Dungeon Master for the role playing game Dungeons and Dragons....

Taylor B
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Taylor B 10/21/10 - 09:56 am
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He sounds like a Power

He sounds like a Power Ranger.

SoonerorLater
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SoonerorLater 10/21/10 - 11:36 am
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Miss Keeton has stated before

Miss Keeton has stated before she does not want the KKK to demonstrate on her behalf, she does not want her issue associated with the Klan. It is hypocrisy that it is acceptable to denounce Christianity, whites, make remarks and depict Jesus in a disrespectful way and it is OK. But anything Muslim is strictly forbidden or to disagree with Obama's policies and you are labeled a racist shows that there are inconsistencies (double standard) in how standards are applied. On lighter note, it is funny how the whole issue is Miss Keeton's views on homosexuality and the guy heading up security is named Gay.

nadps53jrt
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nadps53jrt 10/21/10 - 11:49 am
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rm, you said something the

rm, you said something the way I have felt for years. Those two groups do the samething, gripe about the samething and are never happy. only difference in the two groups? color

Musketeer Gent
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Musketeer Gent 10/21/10 - 11:50 am
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rmwhitley...Not that your

rmwhitley...Not that your political views have any relevance in regards, but your "weak" analogy of the KKK vs. NAACP just doesn't register, period. Why waste energy and whitespace? Instead, be more productive in educating yourself on the foundation/basis from which both organizations were created. Apples ≠ Oranges.

momma mia
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momma mia 10/21/10 - 12:01 pm
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Kiss your career good bye,

Kiss your career good bye, Ms. Keeton. You have no one to thank for all this "attention" but yourself.

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stillamazed 10/21/10 - 02:54 pm
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I think this young woman

I think this young woman should be commended for holding fast to her values, far to many people don't for the fear being politically incorrect. The KKK has no place here just as Rev's Jackson and Sharpton have no place when they have poked their noses in where it did not belong, it's all about some publicity. And to you momma Mia, how would you feel if someone tried to stiffle your views or values? I bet you would not appreciate it, I certainly would not and I doubt if anyone else would like it either if they are being truthful about it.

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blakkone 10/21/10 - 03:22 pm
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"At a rally in Gloverville,

"At a rally in Gloverville, S.C., this April, only Grand Dragon of South Carolina Tim Bradley showed up at a city park. The rest of the members got lost en route, Bradley said."

LOL!! How you gonna be ready to march and stand up for your beliefs...and dont show up cuz u got lost!!?? LOL...2 words...MAP...QUEST!

momster59
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momster59 10/21/10 - 07:36 pm
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blakkone - to be able to use

blakkone - to be able to use mapquest you must first be intelligent and educated enough to read. Of course a bunch of klansmen in Halloween garb got lost.

dizzy dictator
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dizzy dictator 10/21/10 - 08:40 pm
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Miss Keeton, the KKK will

Miss Keeton, the KKK will forever be attached to your hip, are you satisfied now? Just imagine if you had backed down when you had the chance to, but too late. I hope there is plenty of media attention at this ralley! Can't wait to hear about it.

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freeradical 10/21/10 - 08:55 pm
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The Ku Klux Klan has such a

The Ku Klux Klan has such a great record of bringing positive public

results when they march and protest in their attractive

traditional attire on behalf of a cause.

Little wonder then that almost four months after the fact, a true and

deeply concerned friend who "had knowledge of Keeton" would want

to help her by pro-actively contacting the Ku Klux Klan.

The Skinheads, and the Mexican Mafia being completly booked up for

that weekend.

Anyone who believes the official version of how this Klan appearence

came about is even dumber that the Klan.

And the fact that not one person has so far had the guts to say they

believe it is proof.

MistaChuckD
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MistaChuckD 10/22/10 - 12:04 pm
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50 of the local "d boys"

50 of the local "d boys" should show up for this rally!!!

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