Last week, several Oklahoma town halls were held. But a Tahlequah event was cancelled just moments prior to Congressman Mullin's arrival.
Mullin issued some cryptic language in his press statements about event security, in an attempt to explain his justification for leaving the 2nd District constituents 'stood up' at the Sequoyah High School Auditorium.
Many Oklahoma voters assumed that the event venue did not properly 'sweep' the building, or that people with dangerous weapons were allowed in the building.
Some local journalists pressed the issue and finally discovered that the problem was NOT about big protest signs on sticks and standards, or other potentially make-shift weapons.
The Federal Marshall's Service provided event security for the town hall meeting in the historic Indian School. their duty is to the public safety, not the congressman's political image. as such, these federal law enforcement officers decided they had a duty to protect First Amendment expressions which do not pose a public safety concern. They saw the small red or green cards as nothing to be concerned with.
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But then Bridenstine closed with his personal sentiments about this holy week. He talked first about the Easter assault on Okinawa and the bloody war with Japan. He contrasted the relations then, with the wonderful redemption & partnership with Japan, now.
He then segued to our own need for redemption with God and how it is available in Jesus Christ. This brought the most impassioned and venomous rage from many of the 100 or so rabid protesters. They kept yelling "SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE!" and were incensed that an elected official would talk about his faith in the community.
Jim then thanked the people and asserted that this open expression of political philosophy is what makes the USA a special place.
The Tulsa Praise Orchestra finished the program with the National Anthem, but all the protesters left the hall during that expression of patriotism.
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