I read in SF Gate that “A permit has been issued for a “Patriot Prayer” group to gather Aug. 26 at Crissy Field in San Francisco…”.
There are definite grounds on which to refuse the permit
1. https://www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/specialparkuses.htm a religious activity is a “first amendment event” and the webpage says “… Freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are rights protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. People may exercise these rights peacefully in national parks, but the National Park Service retains as its highest priority the protection of park visitors and resources. …”
Since the members of the neo-Nazi gathering in Charlottesville VA committed an act that led to the violent death of a peaceful witness, the permit for the “Patriot Prayer” group, which has close ties if not an identity match with the Charlottesville neo-Nazis, should be rejected in the interests of ensuring the safety of park visitors from the members of the violence promoting gathering.
Have the NPS checked with their lawyers about the liabilities the NPS faces should there be injuries or worse as a consequence of this “prayer meeting” by a group known to be violence promoting? How does granting this permit reflect the NPS’ “highest priority”?
2. https://www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/specialuses.htm states “… Every event must have a nexus to the park — a connection as to why that event is appropriate to be in a National Park site …”. What does a neo-Nazi “prayer” gathering have to do with the GGNRA?
In addition, there are a couple of other safety and liability questions:
3. At previous such neo-nazi “prayer” events (Portland OR, e.g.), the security forces have seen it to fit collaborate with and protect the violent gathering as opposed to protecting peaceful witnesses. What is the SFPD’s approach going to be? Are they going to collude with the violence-promoting and violence-causing gatherers in physically attacking peaceful onlookers?
4. Quoting the NPS’ regulations: “Any group requires liability insurance of at least $ 1 Million.” Who is insuring the neo-Nazi “prayer meeting”?
Thank you for your response.