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Group's demonstration riles downtown diners

Original post made on Sep 11, 2009

Downtown restaurant diners and those sipping lattes outside Tully's Plaza during the Labor Day weekend were met with chants from a religious group toting signs and speaking out against homosexuality.

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Posted by Keith Benson
a resident of Mohr Park
on Sep 11, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Finally! Pleasanton is starting to become a Berkley clone!
Freedom of speech is good, but don't force your opinions on innocent onlookers.

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Posted by Annoy them
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 11, 2009 at 1:12 pm

A good way to annoy them would be to constantly position people in front of the ones who are holding cameras (they video tape themselves). Maybe show up with big pieces of poster-board to block them. Keep moving around as they try to film.

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Posted by GeJus
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 11, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Ironic! These same Religious Fanatics that are SO worried about Homosexually being taugh to young children in Public Schools, YELL Homosexual MANY times as well as Fornucators, sinners, YOUR all going to hell.

Our little one are asking:

Mommy, what's a homosexual

Daddy, what's fornucating

Mommy I am I a homosexual

Daddy, are you a fornucator

Mommy, Are you going to hell, that man said you are

Daddy, am I going to hell

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Posted by Don
a resident of Old Towne
on Sep 11, 2009 at 1:24 pm

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Posted by cbrook
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 11, 2009 at 4:08 pm

FREEDOM OF SPEECH GOES BOTH WAYS! LET THEM ALL BE HEARD. PLEASANTON isn't the hamlet it once was. But don't silence the our citizens, we all have a right to be heard.

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Posted by I believe in Freedom of Speech
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 14, 2009 at 9:31 am

Absolutely! Freedom of speech goes both ways. But certain types of speech are not protected under the First Amendment, particularly speech that incites hate or that can endanger the masses. These folks weren't just expressing a point of view; they were carrying massive, billboard size placards on poles in an in your face demonstration that was anything but peaceful. I thought demonstrations needed a permit?! I'm all for shaking up Pleasanton; however the nature of this demonstration only garnered disgust.

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