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Ridgeland Alderman Meeting 2/15/22 Gene McGee
News

‘I Was Shocked’: Ridgeland Aldermen Proposing New Library Contract After Raucous Meeting

A Ridgeland Board of Aldermen meeting scheduled to address the city’s library contract quickly morphed into a raucous referendum on LGBTQ+ books and the actions of Mayor Gene McGee on Tuesday night. Twenty speakers took to a podium in front of a packed hall to speak their part before the board departed for an executive session, deliberating for over two hours out of the public eye.

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Culture

Ridgeland Mayor’s Plan to Ban ‘Homosexual Materials’ from Library Inspires UM Religion Talk

Professor of Religion Mary Thurlkill hosted a brown bag “Religion for Lunch” conversation on Feb. 1, 2022, to discuss Ridgeland (Miss.) Mayor Gene McGee’s demand that the local public library purge LGBTQ+ books or not receive the $110,000 in funding they are due. Several students, faculty and staff members attended the discussion, including Associate Religion Professor Fei Lan.

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White man wearing an Oath Keepers cap, glasses, eye patch speaking into a microphone with one hand pointed upward
MFP Voices

Seditious Conspiracy Charge Against Jan. 6 Rioters Face First Amendment Hurdle

The seditious-conspiracy charges filed against Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers militia, along with 10 other defendants, opens a new and significant chapter in the events of Jan. 6, 2021. Can the U.S. Department of Justice clear the First Amendment hurdle. If any case fits the seditious-conspiracy crime, perhaps this is it, law professor Timothy Wicks writes.

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