April 2, 2008
Regarding the arrest of DOn Zimmer, the 80-year old former military chaplain, he wasn't even demonstrating when he was arrested. He was sitting in the food court of the Smithhaven Mall trying to digest a cup of coffee and some french fries when mall security guards approached him and demanded that he either remove or turn inside out the antiwar t-shirt he was wearing.
I attended the demonstration. This arrest and the companion arrest of Susan McKeon Steinmann, makes me wonder if we are living in a democracy.
I urge everyone who cares about democracy to write,email and phone the corporate entity which owns the Smithhaven Mall and explain the Bill of Rights to them. Here is their address:
Simon Property Group, Inc.
225 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204