I respect Pamela. She is a relentless anti-Jihadist and I have seen her at a million rallies. But at none of those events were we in the audience told what to say. I have a gut reaction against all who would stifle the voice of the public. But respecting Pamela, I assume there must be some good served by not letting the people vent their spleen as they see fit.
If I get it, Pamela argues that it is more sensitive to 9 - 11 families to bring flags. I think crowds battling the enemy head-on with signs that say "No Sharia Here" will do more to lift 9 - 11 families' feelings than indulging in vague patriotic platitudes. To me, identifying the enemy and saying "never again" respects the victims. I know at least some 9 - 11 families feel the same way.
So when Pamela's people ask me to put away my sign, should I? Is there something I am missing? Am I being a jerk? I think this rally should represent the same defiance of Sharia than all the others. Perhaps that defiance will come from the speakers. Perhaps there is strategic point I am missing. I plan on bringing my sign. Should I? Would my bringing a sign prove that I am a big jerk?