Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sick Hatred Alive and 'Well'. . .?

Reported on the evening news, the Arizona legislature is writing a bill to be passed and signed by the governor prohibiting  the Westboro Baptist Chruch pastor and family Phelps from picketing at the funerals of the shooting victims at Tucson this weekend.

It is good...for their own safety.  The mood of people would not tolerate the Family Phelps and their cruel antics at funerals of military victims, and their attacks on Matt Shepard and funerals of gays and lesbians.  Enough is enough.  Freedom of speech HAS to have some "limits" just for the sake of common decency and respect.  

If these folks could pass as "religious exemplars" to be emulated  I suspect the "remnant of us" would join the Exodus. . . imho.


Legislation ready. . passed. . .to be signed. . .!



Gary Kelly said...

The Westboro Baptist Church said Monday it plans to picket Thursday's funeral for Christina Taylor Green because "God sent the shooter to deal with idolatrous America." The fundamentalist church has picketed many military funerals to draw attention to its view that the deaths are God's punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.

I joined the exodus years ago. And I'm sure if Jesus were alive today he would too.

J said...

It is easy to dismiss the Westboro crowd as being the worst sort of white trash, but you have to be careful with them. They are quite cunning, and have a thorough knowledge of First Amendment rights. Those who accept their invitation to cross the line will face a lawsuit. Right now there is a case before the Supreme Court that may well back Westboro up, although the oral argument indicated that a lot of the justices would like to place limits on First Amendment rights to assembly and free speech in outrageous situations. Traditionally the First Amendment does not protect a present incitement to riot. But it would be very tough to craft a corollary of that rule that prohibits speech so outrageous that it logically invites a violent reaction, without creating a rule that could easily be abused by a dictatorial government.
Right now the new Arizona law prohibiting demonstrations within 300 feet of a funeral may be the best approach, and if Westboro crosses that line the local judges should be willing to throw these good Christians in jail for 6 months. After a few instances of that these people may lose their incendiary appetite. Baloney sandwiches are a bland diet.

JustinO'Shea said...

Thanks, JOHN. . . good points. I like your last comments about 6 months in prison. Wonder how they will like PINK jumpsuits, out in the desert camp with that crusty sheriff.

Gary Kelly said...

Oh... so J stands for John! For a while there I thought J might be the other bloke... you know... the loaves and fishes dude. Oh well... I'll get over it.

JustinO'Shea said...

Oh yeah. . . .close resemblance!!! ;-)

J said...

You've got it all wrong, Gary. I've been trying to turn water into wine for years and it just won't work.

Coop said...

I'm glad Arizona is being proactive.

The Westboro Baptist family lives in their own little world.
GOD hates America because America isn't set up their way.

Mind you, Fred Phelp's family makes up the majority of the congregation.
He's pushing 80. Let's put it this way... I can't wait for him to have to explain himself.