SCOTUS Got It Right


The Westboro Baptist Church picketing

How can a sane person smile when holding a sign like that? Vile.

The Supreme Court got it right this week when they upheld the 1st Amendment rights of the vile human debris of the  Westboro Baptist Church to protest at military funerals.  I’m sure most of us agree that the hate they spew is despicable, inappropriate and offensive.  But, as I have said before, there is no right to live without being offended.  In fact, if what you say doesn’t offend someone, it’s probably not worth saying.

I sympathize with the families of those fallen heroes, but one of the ideals these men and women are fighting and dying for is the right of free expression, even in it’s most disgusting forms.  We don’t want the state to start determining what speech is protected and what is not.  That is the end of freedom.

However, it doesn’t mean that private citizens like you and I can’t counter protest these Westboro wackjobs.   Why don’t we gather around their church and on the roads leading to it every Sunday and make it impossible for them to worship peacefully in the same way they make it impossible for families to grieve in peace?  Let’s watch the obits around Topeka, KS.  Anytime we see that a member of the church bites the dust, let’s protest at those funerals.  We’ll hold signs that say things like “God Hates Hypocrites”  and chant offensive slogans so these people can feel the pain they are inflicting on military families.

It’s the job of the people to peacefully make an example of those that abuse their natural rights.  The state should only step in when one is infringing on the life, liberty or property of another, not when people like those of the the Westboro Baptist Church are acting like douche bags.

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About Larry Downes

Son, brother, husband, father, boss, mentor & friend. Believer in unfettered personal liberty. Occasional host on 93.1 WIBC in Indianapolis.

One Response to “SCOTUS Got It Right”

  1. I hate to admit it but this is correct.

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