This goes way beyond dancing, if you read the law and the court case itself, there is a much deeper meaning to this….. People can not hold demonstrations in the memorial…..
(this taking from the court ruling that ADAM L linked to) “The Regulations provide that, within the park areas of theNational Capital Region, “[d]emonstrations and special eventsmay be held only pursuant to a permit … .” 36 C.F.R.§ 7.96(g)(2)
“Demonstrations” include:picketing, speechmaking, marching, holding vigils orreligious services and all other like forms of conductwhich involve the communication or expression of viewsor grievances, engaged in by one or more persons, the conduct of which has the effect, intent or propensity to draw a crowd or onlookers. [The] term does not include casual park use by visitors or tourists which does not have an intent or propensity to attract a crowd or onlookers” Some may ask, “THE CONSTITUTION GIVES ME THE RIGHT! ITS FREEDOM OF SPEECH!” Why doesnt the govt want demonstrations to be held here? Judge Thomas B. Griffith, one of the Judges who ruled on this case says….. (dancing in the memorial is) “prohibited because it stands out as a type of performance, creating its own center of attention and distracting from the atmosphere of solemn commemoration that the Regulations are designed to preserve.” Freedom of speech is great, but people need to understand that there are limits. When visitors go to the memorial, there is an expectation of having an “atmosphere of solemn commemoration.” Lets apply this to other “memorials.” How about the Tomb of the Unknowns, The Vietnam wall, and (since I live in OK) the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial…..visitors have an expectation of an “atmosphere of solemn commemoration.” IN my opinion this law is not unjust, it is designed to keep the Jefferson Memorial exactly what it is, A MEMORIAL. When a “demonstration” like the one above begins to encroach on my right to enjoy/view the memorial as it was meant to, that demonstration is no longer FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Its the same reason why the Westboro Baptist Church can protest outside the cemetery but not in it. Its the same reason why that lady got her butt kicked off the train for talking on her cell phone. Its the same reason why someone can protest on my sidewalk, but not my porch, its the same reason why I need to be quite in the library. Freedom of speech doesnt mean, “EVERY SQUARE INCH OF AMERICA IS MINE AND I CAN DO AND SAY AS I PLEASE!” If they really want to make a fuss, they need to go up and start dancing around the TOMB OF THE UNKNOWNS. There are the remains of unknown troops, those that gave their lives in combat, the ultimate sacrifice. If these “dancers” are true to their cause, lets see if one of them is willing to be “serviced” by the bayonet of a M14 rifle.
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very very well put.
- BABYDIABOLICAL This goes way beyond dancing, if you ...