FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Contact: Jessica Robinson, 573-751-0290
JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Matt Blunt today made it perfectly clear to Neo-Nazis planning to march on the State Capitol grounds next month that they are not welcome. The law does not allow the denial of a permit request from the National Socialist Movement, despite Gov. Blunt's fierce objections to the organization.
"While I prefer to ignore this hate group, the media have continued to draw attention to their march, and Missourians are asking why they are being allowed on the Capitol grounds. The answer is they are benefiting from the very laws they seek to destroy," Gov. Blunt said. "The great people of this nation have long recognized that we have certain moral responsibilities to one another. Not so many years ago, a generation of exceptional American heroes confronted the dangerous ideologies of Nazi Germany and won. It is repulsive to me that the evil and despicable views that led to horrific and unthinkable crimes against humanity would be celebrated by this group."
Earlier the City of Jefferson had approved a parade permit for the group and the Office of Administration was required by law to approve their request to be present on the Capitol grounds.
Gov. Blunt considered every option for the Office of Administration to deny the permit but did not believe it was appropriate for taxpayer money to go to this group for its attorney's fees as a loss in court was more than likely if the lawful permit was challenged.
"The group crossed t's, dotted i's and otherwise met all requirements for a permit defined by law, so we were forced to allow them to be on Capitol grounds," said OA commissioner Larry Schepker.
Commander Jeff Schoep
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