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Today at work, I'm spending my lunch break reading.  Last night, I went to my bookcase with the books I absolutely cannot live without, and pulled out V For Vendetta.

I'm sitting there, and one of my co-workers comes up.  He's into comics, but I don't know much more about him than that.  "Whatcha reading?"

I show him the cover.

"Oh, okay."

I nod and say, It just seemed appropriate over the past few days.

He's silent for a moment and says, "You know, they had a permit."

I look up and ask, What?

"Those people had a permit.  The counter protesters had no right to interfere with them."

I quietly close the book and set it aside, looking him square in the eye.  I don't care if they had a permit.  The permit is for the right to peaceably assemble.  They marched with torches and weapons.  That's a show of force and a threat, not speech.  One of them decided to drive a car into the crowd, and one of them said they were glad someone died.  A reporter was called racial slurs and threatened with murder.  Another guy held off an advancing crowd of Nazis with an improvised flamethrower.  The permit doesn't enter into it, because they were not there to speak.  They were there to intimidate and pick a fight.  And given that, the counter protesters had every right to be there and react the way they did.

He just kind of nodded and walked away.

I'm sorry, but I'm not buying this false equivalency, that people saying everyone should be treated with respect regardless of race are just as bad as the people who say you should be killed because of your race.

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