Road renamed after rabbi to stop neo-Nazis picking up litter

(HH here: The similar case was first done, to deal with the KKK wanting to sponsor a highway in NC or SC. The state hemmed and hawed and looked at dropping the whole program. Then they renamed the highway the Rosa Parks Memorial Highway. Case closed. Nice to see the idea is still alive and useful.)

The move came after the Springfield unit of the National Socialist Movement signed up to clear rubbish from a section of Highway 160 near the city limits.

The state found it had no way to reject the group’s application, saying membership in the Adopt-A-Highway program could not be denied because of a group’s political beliefs.

So officials responded with an amendment to a transportation bill that would rename that section of road after Abraham Joshua Heschel, a rabbi who narrowly escaped the Nazis and later marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

A 2005 US Supreme Court ruling arising from a similar incident involving the Ku Klux Klan said membership of the Adopt-A-Highway scheme could not be denied because of a group’s political beliefs.

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