Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I Hate to Agree...

...but I do.

Eighth US Circuit Court of Appeals: "We recognize that lines have to be drawn, and we choose to draw the line in such a way as to give the maximum possible protection to speech, which is protected by the express words of the Constitution."

"We conclude that [the Westboro Baptist Church] is likely to prove any interest the state has in protecting funeral mourners from unwanted speech is outweighed by the First Amendment right to free speech." (source)

As heinous as Reverend Fred Phelps(D) and his "church" (aka children) are, we must not be tempted to strip away the freedom of speech.

...That being said, I hope the Patriot Guard Riders continue to act as guardian angels for the families of these fallen soldiers and marines and shield the families from the hateful messages the Westboro Baptist Church continues to display!

"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." ~George Washington

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