This is the kind of story that I can't believe anyone falls for, and yet.... MonsterP and the AP claim OREGON TEACHERS KICKED OUT OF BUSH SPEECH FOR SHIRTS SAYING “PROTECT OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES (sic). All that's in the AP story is:
Three Medford school teachers were threatened with arrest and escorted from the event after they showed up wearing T-shirts with the slogan "Protect our civil liberties." All three said they applied for and received valid tickets from Republican headquarters in Medford.MonsterP says:
The women said they did not intend to protest. "I wanted to see if I would be able to make a statement that I feel is important, but not offensive, in a rally for my president," said Janet Voorhies, 48, a teacher in training.
Thursday’s event in Oregon sets a new bar for a Bush/Cheney campaign that has taken extraordinary measures to screen the opinions of those who attend Bush and Cheney speeches. For months, the Bush/Cheney campaign has limited event access to those willing to volunteer in Bush/Cheney campaign offices. In recent weeks, the Bush/Cheney campaign has gone so far as to have those who voice dissenting viewpoints at their events arrested and charged as criminals.First off, I highly doubt there's no more to this story than meets the eye. What's on the backs of the shirts, for instance? Furthermore, rallies aren't a forum for protesting, they're a forum for showing support for whomever is rallying. People can protest outside, of course. People who won't leave when asked may be arrested, but that goes for rallies of any political persuasion. As for arrests at pro-Bush rallies, the same AP story reports that:
Two protesters were later arrested in Jacksonville, the historic Gold Rush town where Bush was spending the night. A few hundred people were demonstrating peacefully, but police moved to disperse the crowd after a few protesters put their hands on police officers, said Paul Wyntergreen, the Jacksonville city administrator.If you attack police you're lucky if all you get is arrested.