The tiny town of Elkton swung a valiant slingshot against the sloth that is the Ku Klux Klan.
The Cecil County town recently denied a permit to the Klan to march next month on the same parade route more typically trod by Little Leaguers welcoming Opening Day or Jaycees racing bathtubs to raise charity. The Maryland chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union plans to file suit on behalf of the KKK, claiming that the town's action violates the constitutional guarantee of free speech.
It's likely the Klan will win in court. Elkton claims the parade could incite violence. Its defense will probably require more. In 1978, the Supreme Court refused to block a Nazi march in Skokie, Ill., ruling that the marchers' hateful message was not an inherent threat to safety. The court may provide further guidance on so-called "hate speech" this spring when it is expected to hear the case of a white teen-ager who was prosecuted for