Minuteman storms out of Democracy Now! interview [VIDEO]

Ahh, the state of dialogue in the nation. To protest the colossal idiocy and bigotry of Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist (Jesus is coming back simply to reclaim his name from this pusbag), students at Columbia University rushed the stage on which he was speaking, unfurled a banner, and got all up in his grill.

Some violence broke out and each side claims it was the other. From the videos it's difficult to tell. The first video, from the university's TV station, documents the event. The second, from Democracy Now!, shows what happens when an informed and unafraid person goes toe to toe with a bigot in the ring of ideas. The bigots run, crying for their bankies.*

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This is a tough one, but first things first: It's not a violation of Freedom of Speech as some are claiming. Freedom of Speech is a Constitutionally granted protection from government interference in some messages it disagrees with. It's not a right to say anything anywhere that must be granted. We may value the idea that people should be able to speak without being interrupted but, alas, it's not Constitutionally protected.

I won't waste much time on the racism of the Minutemen. The Southern Poverty Law Center's done a great job of noting the overlap of White Power...

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