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In light of recent events, we have come to see as a nation that people exist with ideas we can never align with if we are to protect democracy and American principles. Nazism and its symbols of bigotry, hatred, oppression, and violence represent a political ideology that does not align with the morals, visions, and goals of Virginian and American society. Symbols of race supremacy specifically relating to the Nazi ideology can never provide valuable opinions on modern social, economical, and political philosophy.
The first amendment provides us the security of speech in all its forms from an oppressive federal government. It does not and should never protect the speech of those who want to oppress; never those who publicly march Virginia with Swastika flags over their shoulders. It does not and should never protect those who chant for a new political and social installation dependent on persecution and fear. A valid political discussion or public assembly in protest should never require Nazi propaganda or icons. These relics of a divisive world history have no place in an idea that isn't dangerous to civilization. These ideas are anti-American, can never benefit political discourse, and are dangerous to American democracy and any agenda of morality. Official US code prohibits the spread of political ideology attempting to overthrow government.
By signing this petition, you are asking Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia General Assembly to research, propose, and pass legislation restricting or abolishing the public use and/or display of Nazi propaganda, insignia, symbolism, rhetoric, and/or salutes directly related to or congruent with and only with the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, or Nazism, in accordance with US code and the 10th amendment of the Bill of Rights. The ideas represented by the symbols of Adolf Hitler should hold no protection of the law when displayed under public assembly in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
18 U.S. Code § 2385 - Advocating overthrow of Government
Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or
Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or
Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.
If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.
As used in this section, the terms “organizes” and “organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes, and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.
(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; July 24, 1956, ch. 678, § 2, 70 Stat. 623; Pub. L. 87–486, June 19, 1962, 76 Stat. 103; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(N), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)
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