The League of the South is pushing for a billboard that reads “SECEDE” to be restored on a highway in Montgomery, Ala., Alabama Media Group reported.
After the sign was put up on Friday, advertisers threatened to stop doing business with Lamar Advertisers, prompting the company to take the billboard down.
Michael Hill, president of the League of the South, said that the billboard should go back up, as “it’s not immoral or unethical.”
“Is this America, or is it Stalin’s Russia where you shut down any opposition and dissent?” Hill asked.
He said that a similar billboard commissioned by the group in Tallahassee, Fla. remained in its place for the duration of the contract despite opposition to the sign.
“We had a really, really good open public debate about this issue in Tallahassee,” he said. “Nobody got their pants in a wad about it.”
League of the South, which was established to push for a separate Southern republic, has been labeled a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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[H/t Raw Story]