The Ku Klux Klan is taking a freedom of speech rights argument to Georgia’s Supreme Court.

The International Keystone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan has been battling the state since 2012, when members were told they could not participate in a highway clean-up program in North Georgia.

“The government cannot be a censor of free speech,” their attorney, Alan Begner, told The Washington Post.

In May 2012, the KKK group tried to “adopt” a one-mile stretch on Route 515 in the Appalachian Mountains near the North Carolina border. The Georgia Department of Transportation denied their application, reasoning in a rejection letter that the area the members wanted to adopt had a 65 mph speed limit and was not safe for volunteers. The letter also said that “erecting a sign naming an organization which has a long rooted history of civil disturbance would cause a significant public concern.”


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