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KKK and the U.S. Constitution

You are the Director of the Public Library in your hometown. The library is funded with tax dollars and with some private contributions. Your boss is the Mayor of the City. You and all of the library employees are city employees. One morning you receive a letter from the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). The letter requests that it be allowed to conduct its annual business meeting in one of the meeting rooms at the library. The letter explains that it will be a peaceful meeting and that all those in attendance will be dressed in normal business attire (no white garb or hoods). The library frequently permits various organizations (ACLU, NAACP, DAR, etc) to use its meeting rooms with adequate notice. You look at the calendar and determine that the meeting room is available on the day requested by the KKK. Ch. 10

(A) Using provision (s) of the U. S. Constitution, explain why you either can or cannot permit the KKK to use your meeting room for the purposes stated. Page 57.

(B) Separate and apart from your answer in Section A, explain how an ethical theory from the readings in Week 2 would guide you on this matter. Make sure you clearly explain the ethical theory and how it applies to this situation.

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Thank you for posting today. It is my goal to provide ideas, definitions, research help, and instructions on how you, the student, should approach the assignment.

Any answer that you give to this question, may very well be controversial. When it comes to the USC, you need to examine the free speech, and right to assembly clauses. The First Amendment says:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an ...

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The solution discusses why or why not a library should refuse to let the KKK hold it's annual meeting in their facilities.