Third group might join ASU protests

Confederate heritage group wants to counter Klan

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Members of a local Sons of Confederate Veterans branch have expressed interest in joining an increasing number of groups that intend to protest Saturday outside the gates of Augusta State University.

The latest organization would join the Ku Klux Klan and a gay rights group that have announced plans to demonstrate over the case of a college graduate student who has gone to court to defend her personal beliefs.

Col. Gary Powell, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, said Thursday he had spoken with a member of the group that said its members planned to attend the rally in full Confederate regalia to protest the Klan, which is protesting in support of ASU graduate student Jennifer Keeton.

Members of a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender group called Proud Ally announced Wednesday that the Klan's presence had prompted them to plan a counterprotest Saturday, outside the school's main gates on Walton Way.

For her part, Keeton, 24, has released a statement condemning the KKK's support.

Powell said the latest group has expressed interest in getting a permit to protest but has yet to claim one.

"I told them to come get a permit but I haven't seen one of them yet," Powell said.

How many people will show up to the protests is not clear. Authorities said -- out of caution -- they are planning for a large number of people to appear. KKK members have said they expect to have 50 members outside the school.

Keeton, a counseling student, is involved in a lawsuit with the school after faculty members ordered her to undertake a remediation plan that required she expose herself to the homosexual community, which she claims is a violation of her free speech rights. This was after Keeton said she opposed homosexuality and would tell gay clients "their behavior is morally wrong and then help the client change that behavior," according to an affidavit filed in the case.

School officials say it is not Keeton's religious beliefs but her unwillingness to work toward being able to counsel homosexuals that prompted the remediation plan. A federal court judge agreed with them in August, allowing the school to expel Keeton from the counseling degree program if she did not finish the plan. Last month, Keeton said she was enrolled at ASU and employed as a counselor intern at Augusta Christian Schools. The course work she is enrolled in is not the practicum-related class that the district judge wouldn't make ASU allow her to attend.

Attorneys for the ASU faculty have filed a motion to dismiss. Keeton has until Nov. 2 to reply.

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Hucklebuck
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Hucklebuck 10/22/10 - 02:09 am
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I thought the that

I thought the that confederacy was the KKK. They both have the same flag. Man this thing is getting crazy!!! Only in Augusta,GA!!!

justus4
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justus4 10/22/10 - 03:18 am
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...nothing new here, just a
Unpublished

...nothing new here, just a bunch of open racists whose attempt to latch onto any issue that will offer them an incentive maneuver at the next membership drive. And isn't some city ordinance being broken with this bunch because U can betcha if the New Black Panthers was planning anything, all U would hear about is about possible violations... not even mentioned here which appears as a tacit endorsement.

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wildman 10/22/10 - 04:47 am
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The whole thing is stupid,

The whole thing is stupid, these folks should put their energy toward helping someone in need, the elderly, the hungry, etc. Based on the history of all the groups including the black panthers nothing positive will come out of this.

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johnston.cliff 10/22/10 - 05:35 am
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The KKK is coming out in

The KKK is coming out in favor of the first amendment, the pro gay group is against the KKK and the Sons of Confederate Veterans are supporting the gays.
I guess the best we can hope for is that the KKK wears their robes, the SCV wears their uniforms and the GAY show up in their "fabulous", because if this isn't a fashion show, I doubt it will be worth the effort.

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Runner46 10/22/10 - 06:50 am
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Gee, where are the

Gee, where are the pro-illegal alien groups, the NCLR, in this mix? Let's make it one big block party and welcome in the Fall weather.

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Riverman1 10/22/10 - 07:38 am
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This could turn into THE

This could turn into THE event of the year. We have to get the black folks involved too somehow. The groups can chase after each other until they form a huge circle and go round and round. Jennifer Keeton has to attend this thing. If she can cause this much commotion she is my person of the year.

The Sons of the Confederacy in full uniforms will hold their battalion back until the last minute so the two other groups will be confused as to which side they will join. At the last minute, the bugle will sound and an assault on the KKK flank will commence with the Confederates, the Stars and Bars waving, charging pell mell into battle and the hooded Klansmen. God be with us all.

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Chillen 10/22/10 - 08:25 am
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I know one place I won't be

I know one place I won't be on Saturday. This could get ugly down there.

Thanks goodness the national media hasn't picked up this story.

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seabeau 10/22/10 - 08:34 am
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The Sons of Confederate

The Sons of Confederate Veterans are Protesting the Loss of Freedom Of Speech by this young woman and the use of Confederate emblems (The Battle Flag ) by the KKK,a hate group.

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 10/22/10 - 10:11 am
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Birds of a feather....

Birds of a feather....

MajorPaul
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MajorPaul 10/22/10 - 11:56 am
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If the Confederacy and the

If the Confederacy and the KKK are the same thing because the KKK has stolen our flag, then the KKK and Christian church are the same thing because they stole the Cross too.
80% of Miss Keaton's classmates gave equally 'religious' answers to questions concerning if being gay was a sin, only they answered it is not a sin. But those answers are still a religion based opinion.
If the ASU counseling school was to be fair, they would require these pro gay students to go expose themselves to fundamentalists, and attend some of their functions.
But ASU would not do that, because they do not seem to understand things like fairness and equality.

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corgimom 10/22/10 - 09:14 pm
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" This was after Keeton said

" This was after Keeton said she opposed homosexuality and would tell gay clients "their behavior is morally wrong and then help the client change that behavior," according to an affidavit filed in the case."

I wonder how many other people on this blog would be comfortable with some school counselor interfering with their family values, their religious beliefs, and their parenting of their child. I sure wouldn't. Telling a gay child that their sexual preference is "wrong" is NOT the business of any public school counselor, anywhere, and why would anyone think that it is? Who would think that a public school counselor has the right to tell anybody what their sexual preference "should" be and "must" be? And who would be dumb enough to think that they could change someone's sexual preference?

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Suzy Q 10/23/10 - 12:12 am
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@MajorPaul... how would that

@MajorPaul... how would that be fair? What equality do you speak of? The only thing I've heard from any gay person regarding fundamentalists is that they deplore being told by said fundies that they are going to hell, or that they promote pedophilia and bestiality.

Gay people realize that the fundamentalists are entitled to their opinions and beliefs. They don't insist that the fundies keep their religious preferences private, or try to deny them the right to live and love as they choose.

The same CAN NOT be said for the fundamentalist crowd. Live and let live is not their way.

Also, please point out to me one single gay person that has said they would 'counsel' a straight person on the error of their heterosexuality.

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