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Adolph can't have a Birthday Cake

by JP Bill / January 14, 2009 10:14 AM PST
Little Adolf Hitler removed from home

The children and their parents, Heath and Deborah Campbell, received attention last month when a supermarket bakery refused to put Adolf Hitler Campbell's name on a birthday cake.
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Lookout Muslims, you're next.
by James Denison / January 14, 2009 5:37 PM PST

They'll start taking away children named "Mohammed" since he was a pedophile and a war monger.

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That won't happen.
by Paul C / January 14, 2009 7:44 PM PST

Muslims are a politically correct, protected group who have been awarded the honored title of Victim by the arbiters of such things. White supremacists (and the parents are - I heard about this a couple of weeks ago) are not.

What's been turned upside down here is the notion that the Constitution protects people's rights to exercise their free speech rights without regard to how reprehensible we may find the beliefs of which they speak.

I have only revulsion for the beliefs of the Campbells; but as long as they're not violating the law in the exercise of their beliefs - and naming a child is certainly not a violation of law - then they should just be left alone, IMO.

You do bring up one good point, James - that the arbitrary exercise of State power to suppress those beliefs that the State finds abhorrent can be brought on anyone; all it takes is for a new group of rulers to emerge...

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We don't know exactly "why" they removed the children.
by James Denison / January 14, 2009 10:40 PM PST
In reply to: That won't happen.

I suspect other reasons involved, but I also suspect the initial motivating factor for investigation in the first place was something as simple as what they chose to name their children. Other than the name Adolph Hitler, I'd hardly have recognized the others. As a Southerner, I could maybe whip up some justification for arresting any Sherman family who named their son "William", especially if his middle inital was a "T".

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Similarly, any Southern male...
by Paul C / January 15, 2009 12:42 AM PST

...named Thomas L. Jackson might similarly be in trouble...

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