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I’m told it’s a good day when you get to say “motherfucker” in federal court

The Colorado Springs Gazette was not amused. Nor was the Denverite about my testimony yesterday in US district court, seeking an injunction against the Denver International Airport’s free speech permit. The city attorney tried to discredit me by forcing me to recite for the federal judge the full unabridge text of the sign I held at DIA. It was a riff on anti-Nazi cleric Martin Niemöller’s oft-paraphrased parable: “First they came for the Socialists, but I said nothing, etc”, this time foreshortened as a visceral response to Trump’s Muslim Ban: “-and we said NOT TODAY [strong expletive]!” We argued about whether my message was “welcoming”. I assured her that it was very warmly received and could not be interpreted as anything but uniquivocal solidarity. So I read it forcefully, resisting the inclination to lean into the microphone on the last word. Afterward my attorneys assured me it’s a good day in their line of work when you get to say MOTHERFUCKER in court! Judge William Martinez restricted hearing testimony to the single day (Wednesday) and promised to rule on the preliminary injunction by Friday, February 17.

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Comment from Brother Jonah   (IP: 75.71.247.180)
Time: February 16, 2017, 12:29 pm

When Brother (bother?) Noland compared a picket sign to being able to carry a gun without a permit… And I erroneously posted that nobody was ever killed by a protest sign, I completely forgot the deal a week before the (rigged) election when a Republican protester got beat down by the Secret Service and somehow, the Donald and his disciples made it into an assassination attempt. My bad. I get to correct it here, though.

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