Monday, March 8, 2010

Protesting at a Soldier's Funeral

The CNN lead story this evening is that the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether or not a group has the legal right to protest at a soldier's funeral.

For the record, I find the behavior that the Westboro Baptist 'Church' (and I use that term loosely) horrific. But, sadly, I believe their speech should be protected no matter how deplorable or depraved. It is the ultimate irony that they would be shouting such terrible things at the ceremony to honor the very person who gave them that right (Ain't America grand?). These folks don't know just how good they have it. It reminds me of the conversation between the Iranain and the American discussing their freedoms.

American: I can stand in front of the White House and hurl insults at Barack
Obama all day.

Iranian: So what? I can stand in front of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's house and hurl insults at Barack Obama all day, too!
While I support these folks right to protest and yell horrible things, I would also assume that no jury in their right mind would punish the father of a slain soldier for punching this guy square in the mouth.

As an aside, my favorite comment left on the site is from someone with the screen name of SickoftheBS. He (or she) writes:

Pastor Fred Phelps and his loser followers are going to burn in hell. Someone should burn down his church. I can't stand christian extremists, LOSERS.
Christian extremists, no. Other extremists seem to be okay, though.


Indianalori said...

I don't think the First Amendment should protect crazy people. And that's what these people are...BAT ASS CRAZY. How can the Supreme Court not look at them and say, "Huh? You think God soldiers...for what? YOU CRAZY MAN." And then that's it...give that father his $5 million. I'd give it to him myself if I had it.

Doug H. said...

Lori, we will have to agree to disagree on this one. Neil Boortz said it best: "Free speech is meant to protect unpopular speech. Popular speech, by definition, needs no protection."