In an 8 to 1 vote the supreme court has ruled that it is admissible by law for people to picket funerals. Seems to fall under the good ‘ol free speech category. I truly believe that this is an extremely delicate issue, where the outcome could have surely created a domino effect that could lead to *gasp* a 1984-esque future. So I will go against Francisco d’Anconia’s advice and give my own, irrelevant opinion. (High five if you get the reference!)
First off, I think we can all agree that any person who chooses to picket a funeral is a little (perhaps a lot) sick in the head. (how effed up is that video?!?) I suppose you’re making a point by being grossly offensive and hateful, but the only hearts your winning are the people who are as sick as you...and for the rest of our sakes let’s hope that demographic is a minority.
As someone who is socially liberal, this is a difficult issue for me to grab a hold of. It is simply wrong to do what the members of Westboro Baptist Church did and I truly hope that whatever god they believe in sends them to whatever hell they believe in and they rot in it. If you are so inclined to be so deeply involved in a church that preaches hate, that is your prerogative, but let others live their lives as they choose. Your opinion of the lifestyle of others is irrelevant. Keep it for your own sermons and preach to your own screwed up choir.
However, I feel as though banning this type of behavior could possibly be the slippery slope that so many of us fear. I have to agree with Chief Justice Roberts that perhaps the best way to go about this issue is to create stronger, larger, buffering zones around funerals. I also have heard various stories where the communities have banned together to block or prevent this type of behavior. Yes you have a right to freedom of speech, but that doesn’t mean there will be no consequences. I am not a religious person, but the shadow that these people are casting on christianity is sad and disgusting. These are the people Ghandi was talking about when he said “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians, your Christians are so unlike your Christ”.
In America you have the freedom to be who you want to be, say what you want to say, have sex with whoever you damn well please and be happy about it. If you want something other than this, move somewhere else, please. I for one, would be overjoyed to see you leave our “sick country”. As so many politicians and pundits have said, freedom of speech is not negotiable. However, neither is our right as Americans to be free and choose what we want for ourselves. You do not have the right to tell me or anyone else how to live. Go create your own precious little Zion somewhere hidden far away from us...and you better pray real damn hard that what you believe is correct...because if not, the wrath of karma is coming for you...and I hope it beats the shit out of you.
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