People are upset that the American Nazi Party has been allowed to participate in the Adopt-a-Highway program. This happens every few years - some kooky organization decides to get a little publicity by adopting a highway and getting their name on a sign (and then into the news when someone notices it). Once the sign goes up, everyone gets all up in arms about how offensive it is and how there ought to be a limit!
County officials say they were legally advised that excluding the organization would violate a constitutional right to free speech. Their choices, they said, were: allow the group to join the program, remove all of the signs from the program or refuse the group and risk a lawsuit.
That sounds totally reasonable. So,what's the problem?
The problem, of course, is that nobody wants to do the easiest, most obvious thing - take down all the stupid signs.
If you want to stop publicizing silly extremist groups, stop putting up signs for groups that adopt highways. Presumably, civic organizations like the Boy Scouts and Rotary Club are adopting highways to be good citizens, not to get an ugly green and white sign posted out on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. If racist idiots want to clean the side of the road, great! Let them! Same thing for the Boy Scouts and the local church youth group. Just stop putting up the stupid signs.
I understand that we want to recognize and encourage good citizenship, but I bet we could figure out an alternative to the stupid sign that nobody pays attention to anyway (except when it says KKK or something equally as silly). Why don't they just give the organization a certificate of appreciation to hang in their clubhouse? Let members note it on their resume under the heading Community Involvement.
If you don't want to put up a sign for the American Nazi Party, don't do it. You're not required to. Don't put one up for the Boy Scouts or the church youth group, either. Really, people, who cares? It's petty.