Westboro has become especially notorious in recent years for demonstrating at the funerals of US troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. "These turkeys are not heroes," one of the group's websites sneers. "They are lazy, incompetent idiots looking for jobs because they're not qualified for honest work. . . . They voluntarily joined a fag-infested army to fight for a fag-run country now utterly and finally forsaken by God who Himself is fighting against that country."Remind me again, how exactly DOOOOO we know how to make a clear and compelling distinction between the Westboro's Doctrine, enshrined in the photo in the article of
As a legal matter, it is not easy to silence such contemptible spewings. The First Amendment, as Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote, safeguards not just "free thought for those who agree with us, but freedom for the thought that we hate." Several Legislatures have passed laws restricting protests in the vicinity of funerals, but such laws may be vulnerable on constitutional grounds.
A federal jury in Baltimore this week is weighing a different kind of legal challenge. The father of Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, a 20-year-old Marine killed in Iraq, is suing the Westboro church for picketing his son's funeral last year with signs reading "God Hates You" and "Thank God for Dead Soldiers." Albert Snyder argues that the picketers' unwanted presence and naked cruelty should be punished as an unlawful invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. (Full details, and a fund to help defray the Snyder family's legal costs, are at matthewsnyder.org.)
[ cf What can we learn from a 'church' of hate? ]
Pray for more dead soldiersand any of the other positions from say HanoiAnnie Coulter, or Glenn Beck....
It is so hard to remember how exactly we are to tell these various evil liberals apart, especially in a time of transferring the tax liabilities unto the unborn.