May 10, 2014
The League of the South protested the SPLC in Montgomery this afternoon over its federal lawsuit which seeks to gut Alabama’s ban on gay marriage.
Approximately 45 to 50 League members and their children were in attendance. League members held two signs which said, “God Sanctions Marriage. SPLC Should Not” and “Support Christian Marriage,” and used two flags, the Alabama state flag and the Kentucky Orphan Brigade flag, which features a Christian cross.
While League members were protesting the SPLC in Montgomery, a federal judge in Little Rock struck down Arkansas’ ban on gay marriage. In April, a federal judge struck down part of Ohio’s ban on gay marriage while League and CofCC members were holding the first Southern Marriage & Family Defense Rally in Richmond, Virginia.
The increasingly aggressive and tyrannical actions of the US federal government illustrate why young people have “historically low” levels of confidence in mainstream political institutions. Why should anyone bother to vote when federal judges, billionaires, and monied interests have stripped all the power out of the ballot? What is the point of having a state legislature when the SPLC is defining the nature of marriage? As a reminder of the stark choices that the Southern people are facing in the future, the League will soon be unveiling its next SECEDE billboard in Alabama.
While League members stood outside the SPLC building with flags and signs, SPLC employees glowered through the windows of their bunker. Team Tolerance posted a solidarity thread about the demonstration on the SPLC Facebook page which predictably lit up with racially disparaging comments about elderly White people:
All right, we get it: White people ought to die out.
The Legion of Tolerance took to the Hatewatch blog grumble about the “pig ignorant white trash” who support Christian marriage:
Speaking of elderly White people, SPLC founder Morris Dees came outside to take a look at the crowd this afternoon, but I didn’t recognize him at the protest. In hindsight, it appears that SPLC president Richard Cohen also came outside with Dees.
Mark Potok and Ryan Lenz also came outside. I briefly spoke to Ryan Lenz and told him to tell Mark Potok that I said hello. We all followed Traitor Glenn Miller’s meltdown. My wife spotted Heidi Beirich peeking down at us through the glass. As has been the case everywhere else the League has gone in the Lower South, there were no counter-protesters or “anti-fa” opposition present in Montgomery.
Jack Ryan, a writer here at Occidental Dissent, deserves a shout out for making a major contribution to the success of this demonstration. The details of Jack’s role are best left unsaid. There was also a snafu which could have derailed this event, but hopefully that issue has been resolved and will not become a problem in the future. The only storm cloud on the horizon was the rain that soaked us as we returned to our vehicles.
I was interviewed by WSFA and The Montgomery Advertiser about the Council of Conservative Citizens presence at this demonstration. Several CofCC members were present outside the SPLC offices in Montgomery. I will post the video of my interview here whenever it becomes available online.
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