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Hateful signs placed on Ghent properties

Jul 14, 2022 2:03 pm

Ted Remsnyder reports for Columbia-Greene Media that on July 10 at least two hand-drawn signs with a hateful message appeared on residencies in Ghent in Columbia County. A handmade “Baby Killers Live Here" sign was placed on Christopher Burke's lawn. Burke said that neither him nor his wife work in any occupation related to abortion services, and they are baffled why anyone would place that sign on his property. “I’ve given the occasional few dollars to Planned Parenthood and places like that, because I believe in that freedom,” he said. “But my job is nothing related to that at all.” Michael Richardson of Hate-Watch Report, a Chatham anti-hate organization, said there is clear intent of hate in the signs. “This crosses the line,” Richardson said. “We all understand and respect and protect free speech. When you do something like this on somebody’s private property, that crosses a line and becomes hate speech.” While much about the signs is a mystery, the timing of the appearances seem related to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing states to ban abortion. “It’s empowered people who are fringe actors to become emboldened,” Burke said. “It fits into that, so it’s not terribly shocking. I have to say we’re not losing sleep over it, but it is very disturbing.” Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.