(Philadelphia Inquirer) -- My watershed moment came in 1977.
Until then, I was a good liberal happily mouthing platitudes about freedom of expression. Then neo-Nazis announced plans to march through Skokie, Ill., a village outside Chicago that was home to thousands of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust.
My immediate reaction? “Oh, no you don’t.”
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Nazis, like the Ku Klux Klan, represent ideas that are universally despised by people of good will in America, and I will concede that is not all of us.
Back then, Skokie sought to prohibit the march. The village argued that the display of the swastika promoted hate against Jews and others. It said the location of the march was chosen to inflict emotional harm on the survivors and the village feared there would be violence.