The Ku Klux Klan has been granted a permit to hold a rally at the Gettysburg battlefield next month and the opposition has come out swinging. The Maryland-based chapter will hold an event near Meade's Headquarters Oct. 5. As one man, whose great-great-great-grandfather was in the Battle of Gettysburg, puts it to CBS 21: "To have the KKK come here is obnoxious. To speak with as much emotion as I can get without swearing ... to me it's abhorrent they would come to this battlefield to do anything."
The National Park Service, however, explained its "mission in preserving and protecting the historic resources at Gettysburg includes making them available to all Americans, even those whose views are contrary to the majority of the American public." And as CBS 21 reports, the KKK took to Gettysburg once before; police were needed to patrol a rally in 2006, though no serious incidents were reported. The Gettysburg Times reports a "unity rally" will be held at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in response. (Read more Ku Klux Klan stories.)