Many Omahans felt disgust at word of a possible hate crime in the Old Market. A man says he was attacked for defendng his friends who happened to be gay and dressed differently. If things happened as reported, these attackers need a quick lesson: There is no place for violence in this city, and there is no place here for hatred based on race, religion, creed or preference. Ours is a welcoming city, not a backwater.
In the 1950s and ’60s, a reprehensible movement arose in the state of Virginia, devoting enormous energy to arguing that Virginians could ignore the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 ruling requiring the end to racial segregation in schools. The state government, these Virginians said, had the authority to “nullify” that court ruling. Rarely has a bogus constitutional argument been made for a more vile cause. Given that ugly history in Virginia, it reflected abysmally on former congressman Ron Paul that he chose to speak enthusiastically and lightheartedly in favor of the idea of nullification as he campaigned this week for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in that state.