News Longview Versus White Supremacists
posted by November 14 at 16:26 PMon
City leaders in a Washington town outside of Seattle are squabbling over whether a bigoted religious group should be allowed to rent a city facility. No, the Watchmen on the Walls aren’t coming to Lynnwood again. But, the Church of Jesus Christ—Christian (CJCC), which reportedly has ties to the Aryan Nations, is seeking to rent the McClelland Arts Center in Longview, WA, and several members of the city’s government—including Mayor Dennis Weber—have vocally opposed the group’s plans.
Longview Councilmember Kurt Anagnostou has been battling with the Mayor because he believes that the city’s efforts to ban CCJC would violate their constitutional rights. “We cannot try to object to this group using our public facilities based on their religion, he says. “Especially if we disagree with it, [but] we don’t have to support their religious beliefs either. These are not nice people.”
According to Anagnostou, several swastikas have recently been spraypainted in the neighborhood around the McClellan center. Police are investigating.
Longview’s city attorney is examining the legal ramifications of barring CCJC from the facility. Mayor Weber was unavailable for comment.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens here. Lynnwood wouldn’t ban the Watchmen because they would’ve undoubtedly been sued. Maybe Longview’s city officials have brassier balls—or better lawyers—than Lynnwood.