Portland, Oregon, mayor calls for free-speech and anti-sharia rallies to be canceled

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler

Similar talk with guns after a whacko commits a crime: When one person does something stupid, demorats want to punish a whole group who aren’t responsible for that action and who don’t agree with them.

From MSN: The mayor of Portland, Ore., is calling on federal authorities to cancel a pair of upcoming rallies organized by conservative groups, saying the city was still ‘‘in shock’’ after two men were fatally stabbed on a commuter train Friday while fending off a man shouting anti-Muslim slurs.

Mayor Ted Wheeler (demorat) asked the federal government to revoke a permit authorizing a June 4 ‘‘Trump Free Speech Rally’’ in Portland’s downtown. He also called on the government to block a ‘‘March Against Sharia’’ that is scheduled for June 10 but has not received permits.

‘‘Our city is in mourning, our community’s anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficult situation,’’ Wheeler wrote in a Facebook post Monday.

He added that he had asked the organizers of the rallies, which he referred to as ‘‘alt-right demonstrations,’’ to cancel their events. ‘‘I urge them to ask their supporters to stay away from Portland,’’ Wheeler wrote. ‘‘There is never a place for bigotry or hatred in our community, and especially not now.’’

The federal government controls permitting for the plaza where both rallies are set to take place. The city of Portland will not issue any of its own permits allowing organizers to hold the events elsewhere, Wheeler said.

Portland has spent several days reeling from the deaths of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, and Ricky John Best, 53, who were stabbed and killed as they tried to protect two young women from a man who boarded a light-rail train and began yelling hateful comments about Muslims at them. A third man who intervened was injured.

The suspect, 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian, has a history of making bigoted comments online and was photographed giving a Nazi salute at a recent protest organized by the group behind the ‘‘Trump Free Speech Rally.’’ Local publications as well as the Southern Poverty Law Center have described him as a ‘‘known white supremacist.’’ He is charged with aggravated murder, attempted murder and other charges.

The attack came at a time of escalating tensions in Portland, a city with a long track record of activism and protests. Since President Donald Trump’s election in November, the city has been beset by violence at political rallies from groups on the left and the right. Clashes between black-clad ‘‘antifa,’’ or anti-fascist, activists and right-wing protesters associated with white nationalist movements have become increasingly common at otherwise peaceful demonstrations.

The organizer of the ‘‘Trump Free Speech Rally,’’ Joey Gibson, sought to distance himself and his group, Patriot Prayer, from Christian, especially as reports surfaced that he appeared at the group’s other events. In a video posted to Facebook on Sunday, Gibson condemned Christian and said antifa protesters were trying to incite chaos at the upcoming rally by exploiting the attacks on the train.

‘‘There’s going to be more intensity, there’s going to be more threats,’’ Gibson said. ‘‘They’re using the deaths of these two people and Jeremy Christian – they’re using it to get Portland all rowdy about our June 4th rally and it’s absolutely disgusting.’’

Gibson urged his supporters to remain calm. ‘‘You throw one punch, you’re going to jail,’’ he said.

A Facebook page for the event says the rally will feature live music and ‘‘speakers exercising their free speech.’’

The ‘‘March Against Sharia,’’ which Gibson is also involved in, says Islamic law ‘‘is incompatible with our Constitution and American values.’’ The event page calls on supporters who ‘‘stand for human rights.’’

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon criticized the mayor’s attempts to shut down both rallies, saying the government can’t revoke or deny a permit based on the demonstrators’ views. ‘‘It may be tempting to shut down speech we disagree with,’’ the ACLU tweeted, ‘‘but once we allow the government to decide what we can say, see, or hear, or who we can gather with, history shows us that the most marginalized will be disproportionately censored and punished for unpopular speech.’’

‘‘If we allow the government to shut down speech for some, we all will pay the price down the line,’’ the organization added.

But Tom Hastings, a longtime activist and professor in the Portland State University conflict resolution program, said the mayor was on solid footing. The looming threat of violence at the rally justified a shutdown while the city worked out a long-term solution. ‘‘I know these lines are perceived as pretty fuzzy when we’re dealing with constitutional First Amendment rights,’’ Hastings told The Washington Post. ‘‘But there’s no long fuse anymore. Everybody’s fuse seems to be quite short.’’

Portland has struggled to stop violence from flaring up at public gatherings in recent months. In November, shortly after the presidential election, peaceful anti-Trump demonstrations were disrupted when anarchists smashed windows, ripped out electrical power boxes and spray-painted buildings downtown.

In April, Portland’s typically family-friendly rose parade was canceled after antifa activists threatened to shut down roads if a Republican group wasn’t barred from the event. And earlier this month, dozens of ‘‘black bloc’’ anarchists destroyed property at May Day protests.

Hastings warned that the mayor’s decision could backfire if he doesn’t reach out to the leaders of the groups whose rallies he’s trying to block. The city, Hastings said, should arrange one-on-one conversations with organizers on all sides, otherwise the trend of violence could only get worse.

‘‘I think it’s a real fine line,’’ he said. ‘‘The cancellation of this can’t be regarded as the end of anything. If you kick the can down the road and don’t do anything it will (be) exacerbated. People are quashed for a minute, but they almost nurse this notion of vengeance and they come out much worse than before.’’

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22 responses to “Portland, Oregon, mayor calls for free-speech and anti-sharia rallies to be canceled

  1. Progressive left/libtardery in action:

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  2. Be willing to bet that the three men who got stabbed, two killed. were not liberal whiners. Also notice that these candy-a$$ed anti-fascist activists ALWAYS hide their identity behind mask so they don’t get identified by the authorities when they commit crimes. Also just because some fruitcake white supremacist says he supports President Trump or a conservative group does NOT mean Trump or that conservative group supports or accepts that bigot idiot as part of their group.

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  3. Kevin J Lankford

    Real U.S. Citizens actually need to march ‘against’ sharia? Some thing very wrong there, or here, or every where.

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  4. Satan is hard at work to destroy everything and everyone God created. Our only defense is ongoing prayer. Trump is not our savior, Jesus Christ is.

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  5. The happy look of the mayor is not a look of joy for those under sharia unless they have just seen one not following Islamic getting hurt. I don’t look like that unless without having had happy gas for a medical procedure.

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  6. I can tell you for sure, Ted Wheeler. the Commie-Socialist major of Portland has allowed those on the left to march in our streets, start fires, damage police vehicles, damage buildings . . . but when it comes to allowing anyone on the right to participate in a protest or march . . . . then the whole damn things MUST BE shut down. He sickens me to the very core. Yes, I know there was loss of life in that horrible incident over at the Hollywood transit center, but life really does go on. Several weeks ago, the left threatened a parade that was to be held out in Southeast Portland, so as I remember that event was shut down. It is a very convenient way of shutting down any voice that Conservatives may have by continually disrupting their right to free speech.

    I am not a fan of this one sided mayor.

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  7. Reblogged this on necltr and commented:

    My ignorance level is forty percent, give me three liters of bliss. “There is never a place for bigotry or hatred in our community, and especially not now.” Read chapters eight and nine of the Qur’an, a good history book, and a good newspaper, and tell us how much you welcome sharia.

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  8. Hard for me to imagine aclu going against domestic enemies like the mayor. Guess mebbe the aclu’s only 99.9 percent evil. perhaps they’re up to something and will use the patriots in the protests as fodder for something.

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  9. I feel that Cities and States ruled by idiots like Wheeler SHOULD be allowed to run their little mini-worlds as they see fit,BUT-they should first put up the funds to allow those GOOD people who live there and DISAGREE whole-heartedly with where their town is headed to re-locate to somewhere in FREE America. Then,since their plan is to adopt the worst policies in the world,they should be “Bordered”,and special permits should be required for residents to re-enter the FREE world. Armed guards along their Borders would help insure a safer FREE America. No offense to those people on this Forum who DO live in these places;I am trying to insure that they can move to a safer place. (I may have to do the same,if Nevada doesn’t get its s**t together…)

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  10. What Wheeler knows about Sharia will fill a thimble because if he understood what it implies and what it does to a people he would be in the front of the March. Instead, we have another politician operating upon ‘feelings’ and that is as grave a danger as Sharia.

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  11. Ted needs to get a clue about Sharia and the “religion of Peace”.
    His Ivy League education (Stanford, Columbia, Harvard) has not prepared him for today’s reality.

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    • (Stanford, Columbia, Harvard) schools may give you a lot of degrees and plenty of book smarts , as they use to say, buy you can get farther in life with a little good old horse sense/common sense that you can with a whole lot of degrees.

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  12. One can only hope that, if successful b/c of dumbasses like this…. “Sharia Law” comes one day to afflict this man’s daughters or wife…and if he’s flaming Gay—his mother and sisters and neices…et al..etc etc….

    Meanwhile….I’ve already made plans for this eventuality, if Sharia Law or even CLOSE comes to be……. in my old age….gonna move to an enclave of Christian faithful to live out my end of life….

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  13. Joseph Christian is a mental unstable individual, who committed murder, so fuck him. The point should not be religious tolerance, because I dod NOT want Islam in America. It’s a bad, untrue story that has repressed too many women for 1000 years. Why ANY modern human would follow this proves just how stupid humans often are.

    Religion should be private, and evangelism should be illegal. Of course, so should war, private campaign financing, and a host of other sins currently being committed by the US Gov’t. But these complex, inter-related issues require serious thought, and not the stupid rhetoric that mendacious politicians bore us with. However, free speech is guaranteed by our Constitution, even when it’s speech of a retarded, irrelevant religion, as pretty much all Judeo-Christian religions are. While Christianity and Judaism both have the Old Testament (the Pentateuch), but having read the Koran, I can tell you I found NOTHING of merit. And I do not want this ancient, regressive style of life to infect us here. The Muslims destroyed Egypt, and honestly, while there are millions of lovely Muslims, they should be encouraged to think truth, and not the manipulation of truth for the patriarchal agenda.

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    • “evangelism should be illegal.”?? And why is that? Christians will invite you to follow our JESUS. If you don’t, we will pray for you anyway. Unlike some muslims that will KILL or subjugate you if you refuse to follow allah! As CHRISTians we have nothing promised to us here on earth to tell you about GOD. You said Jews and CHRISTians had the Old Testament. True, but CHRISTiand have the New Testament salso. We use the Old Testament as history to study the predictions of JESUS. We LIVE by the New Testament and there is a whole world of differences in the two! One is a book of laws the other is a way of living!

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    • So…what do you believe in? Just what you can ‘see’ with your eyes? You have much to learn if that is so. While it is very true that throughout history and even today religion has been used for evil purposes, the basic message of Christianity is a good one. If you have read the New Testament, then you might see this to be true as well. I suggest you read Revelations because it IS happening as we speak (or type).

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