Tuesday, May 02, 2006
ACLU Defends Phelps
Fred Phelps is, without a doubt, a mentally disturbed man. His hatred of homosexuals, his odd bible interpretations, and his overall creepy perception of the world really illustrate the point that there is something wrong in his brain. Fred Phelps is nothing but the leader of a radical Christian fundy cult, and I don’t think anyone with half a brain would disagree.

Still, I’m somewhat in agreement with the ACLU and their lawsuit, which that puts restrictions on funeral protests -- a law that was basically written to stop Phelps and his goons from picketing the funerals of our fallen military.

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Parts of a new state law intended to prevent protesters from disrupting funerals are unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a federal lawsuit filed yesterday.

The ACLU filed suit in U.S. District Court in Frankfort, challenging sections of the law that the group claims go too far in limiting freedom of speech and expression. The lawsuit puts the ACLU, which has handled discrimination cases involving gays and lesbians, on the same side as Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., which is known for its anti-gay protests.

I don’t know the specifics of the law, but I think that the ACLU is correct to get this in front of a judge. Anytime there is a question about how far legislation may go in limiting rights, I believe that a judge should be involved, and quickly.

"The public should respect their dignity in a very difficult time," Hall said. "That's why this law was passed. It's inconceivable why anyone would want to protest at a military funeral while family members are there."

It is inconceivable, but I do not believe we should restrict the speech of people that we do not agree with. For what ever reason, Phelps feels the need to loudly voice his opinion at these funerals, and even though I hate it, I do not believe that we should silence him. His rights must be protected.


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