APut 05/07 1330 Mock Lynching COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- Two mothers are protesting a pr

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APut 05/07 1330 Mock Lynching COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- Two mothers are protesting a proposed mock lynching for Coeur d'Alene's centennial celebration later this month, telling the City Council it is inappropriate. "I can't imagine anything I'd like less to have my 3-year-old watch than a mock lynching. It's obscene," said Janie Ebright. Ms. Ebright and her sister-in-law, Kathy Holmes, said they did not want their children to play vigilante with other children because they were copying the behavior of adults. "There's so much they can act out that will glorify Coeur d'Alene. We've got enough problems with our reputation," said Ms. Ebright, alluding to the city's work to overturn notoriety surrounding activities of the white supremacist Church of Jesus Christ Christian (Aryan Nations), which has its headquarters at nearby Hayden Lake. Ms. Ebright said a mock gunfight would be tolerable, but not a mock lynching. "There was a time when people took their kids to see a hanging. I don't think I would have done that." Steve McCrea, the lone council member voting against the proposal at an earlier meeting, agreed. He said such theatrics would not reflect the sense of justice the community is attempting to nurture. Mayor Ray Stone told Ms. Ebright and Ms. Holmes that McCrea held a minority position on the council. "Minorities are encouraged in Coeur d'Alene," Ms. Ebright responded at Tuesday's meeting. The council agreed to discuss the mock lynching at its joint meeting with the Centennial Committee next Monday. The event is being planned as part of a proposed Wild West show during the centennial celebration on May 23 and 24. The show would include a robbery and a gunfight, culminating with the robbers' hanging. Stone said public response to the idea has been split. Last page !


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