Dr. Fogg & Sir Daniel presents..

Free Speech or Harassment?

In Daniels articles on October 6, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances…

with these words the writers of the United States Constitution gave us, their descendants, the right to worship as we want, or not at all. The right to assemble in as large a group as we want for whatever reasons we want. The right to inform the government when we feel they are ignoring us and the right to voice our opinions publicly about anything we feel  : free speech .

 Yet for all these rights we have, it seems they should be limited , self-censured .

Regardless if you “Trust in God” ,  the money in your pocket says you do . Try getting a couple hundred people together and see how long it takes for your local police to “chaperon” your assembly. Tell your state senator how much you feel his ability to represent you sucks and he will ignore you. Keep it up and he will have you arrested .  But free speech?!? that’s a little tricky to defend even in concept. Is there a line we should draw that says “okay, you can say THIS but not THIS?” . If so, how do we decide where that line is?

If you ask Fred Phelps, that line doesn’t exist when it comes to doing God’s work.

 

Fred is the founder/pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church. Fred is a believer in the right to protest/picket events that he does not believe in.. some of the Westboro Baptist Church former pickets have been..

 * a local appliance store because it sold Swedish vacuum cleaners

* productions of the play The Laramie Project, which was based on the murder of Matthew Shepard

* five churches (three Catholic and two Episcopalian) and the Federal Courthouse for what he said was their part in legitimizing same-sex marriages in Iowa.

 * a memorial for 2006 Sago Mine disaster victims, claiming that the mining accident was God’s revenge against America for its tolerance of homosexuality

* the funerals of Matthew Shepard, Fred Rogers, Coretta Scott King and Jerry Falwell.

 * Carrie French and Edward Myers, two soldiers killed in Iraq

* the funerals of three students who were killed in a house fire at the University of Wisconsin–Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin.

* recording artist Michael Jackson after his death on June 25, 2009… going so far as to record a parody of Jackson’s charity hit “We Are The World” called “God Hates The World

* the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., proclaiming  : “Whatever righteous cause the Jewish victims of the 1930s–40s Nazi Holocaust had, probably minuscule, compared to the Jewish Holocausts against Middle Passage Blacks, African Americans and Christians—including the bloody persecution of Westboro Baptist Church by Topeka Jews…American taxpayers are financing this unholy monument to Jewish mendacity and greed…Homosexuals and Jews dominated Nazi Germany … The Jews now wander the earth despised, smitten with moral and spiritual blindness by a divine judicial stroke … And God has smitten Jews with a certain unique madness…”

* On May 14, 2008, two days after the deadly 2008 Sichuan earthquake, they issued a press release thanking God for the heavy loss of life in China, and praying “for many more earthquakes to kill many more thousands of impudent and ungrateful Chinese Communists”.  

The list goes on and on.

Basically Fred Phelps and his church believe every sin on Earth goes back to homosexuality and  every group in the world  they believe allow it to happen .  They , the Westboro Baptist Church , feel it is their godgiven  responsibility to show America what is wrong. So does that give them the right to post this at the funeral of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew A. Snyder? It reads “PRAY FOR MORE DEAD SOLDIERS”..

The church claims they have first amendment rights to stand inside a cemetery with these posters while parents are burying their children killed in war.. after all, it was homosexuality that caused the war to begin with.. Matthew’s father disagrees with them and sued them in 2006.. He won an $11 million verdict against the church for intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other claims. A judge reduced the award to $5 million before the federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, threw out the verdict altogether, citing the church’s free speech rights under the First Amendment.

For Snyder, the case is not about free speech but harassment. “I had one chance to bury my son and it was taken from me,” Snyder said . As for myself, this case shouldn’t even have to go to the Supreme Court. What gives this church the right to hurt us after we loose our children?  : to put it bluntly…… who died and made THEM God?  Yet it seems that even the media has sided with the church on this issue while distancing themselves from the church’s message, media organizations, including The Associated Press, have called on the court to side with the Phelpses because of concerns that a victory for Snyder could erode freedom of speech rights..

   Fred Phelps, you make me ashamed of the first amendment. It was NOT meant to harass families and the fact that you are victimizing people under the cloak of “God” makes me hope there is a special kind of hell just for you.. say “Hi” to Joseph Goebbels for me when you get there, he’s sitting next to Hitler.

 ~ Daniel

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  1. How outrageous can it get? To picket a funeral under the guise of free speech just shows the innate stupidity we go to in honoring idealism.
    i say it’s time to get back to saying Shut up and get out. You aren’t welcome here. Sheesh. I am fuming.
    Thank you Daniel, for bringing this to my attention.

    Is it not amazing that we are banning Happy Meal toys while tolerating insane cold-hearted fools?

  2. Yes there is free speech even in Britain but it has to come with responsibility and this guy obviously has none.Like momma P this makes my blood boil. I say stick him in a room full of homosexual bikers and let him say his piece.

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