Posted on January 13, 2005

White Separatist Group’s Ads to be Removed

UPI, Jan. 12

St. Louis, MO — The Metro in St. Louis, Mo., has ordered the removal of a white separatist group’s ads from MetroLink trains, saying the group’s philosophy is offensive.

The St. Louis unit of the National Alliance had paid $1,500 for 50 ads on the trains. The ads read, “The Future Belongs to Us,” and provided the group’s Web site and phone number, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The National Alliance has been described by watch groups as the nation’s largest neo-Nazi group and has a relatively large and active membership in St. Louis, the report said.

National Alliance spokesman Frank Weltner denied the group’s members are white supremacists. He said they only want to live and interact with people of their own race.

He said the alliance plans to seek legal help from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court turned down the state’s appeal of a lower court decision rejecting its effort to ban the Ku Klux Klan from the Adopt-A-Highway program. The lower court said the state’s attempt to block the Klan from the litter control program was a violation of free speech.