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When Does Political Disagreement Turn To Hate?



The district office of Rep. David Scott (D-GA) was vandalized with a four-foot swastika.

Recent reports about conflict over the health care plan and attacks on President Obama are creating an alarming picture:

  • In Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a man with a gun stood outside an Obama town hall meeting with a sign that read: “Time to water the tree of liberty.”  The quote references a phrase from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” (Watch video.)
  • Here is an example from the Town Hall protesters’ playbook: Rev. Ted Pike of the National Prayer Network urges protesters to shout down Congress members about the hate crime legislation.

There are many more reports like this.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
–Edmund Burke

What are people doing in your community to respond to these types of incidents? How can people take effective action?


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