Today the Supreme Court will be holding a hearing about if the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, KS can constitutionally picket soldiers funerals under the first amendment. I personally think this is a no brainer, anyone who would want to picket a funeral is mentally unstable and should be locked up. End of court battle and these extremists would not be allowed to bother anymore grieving families. Unfortunately our constitutional rights are not that black and white, and this would fall into a gray area of free speech that us sane Americans would never think of being in.
While I will admit that they can say the things that they do, no matter how hateful and vile I think they are, the location of where they are saying them is what I have the biggest problem with. For people who are supposed to be Christians to do such hateful things, makes me glad to not be a Christian. I think that these “Christians” missed the part about do unto others as ye would have them do unto you, because I think that they would be upset if someone came and disrupted the funeral of one of their family members.
These men are sons, fathers, husbands, uncles, cousins, grandsons, and brothers to the people at their funerals. Children have lost their father and now see these people saying that he was a murder and that God hates him. We as adults can separate the truth from a psychotic idiots point of view, but children cannot see that difference as well. What they know is that their daddy or mommy is dead, and these people are happy about it. Way to go again Westboro Baptist Church on remembering what is in your bibles about Jesus loving the little children.
This church needs to, in my opinion, go through their bibles again. Their God has killed more people and taken more innocent lives than American soldiers ever have. Wars have been fought in their God’s name that have killed thousands if not millions of people. People have been tortured, outcast, burned, and killed in their Gods name. For as many lives as their God has taken without a second thought, these people are sure spending a lot of time and money saying that he hates others for something less than he has done. Not to mention no where does it say in the bible that God hates the people who have fought in Iraq or Afghanistan.
I’m not sure how the Supreme Court will rule in this case. I know that no amount of money can take away the pain from the families who the picketers have hurt. While I don’t think that our first amendment rights should be infringed upon, I do think that this goes beyond what our founding fathers had in mind when they wrote the right to free speech into the constitution. I’m sure that none of them thought that the highest court in the land would be making a decision on if it’s okay for people to hold signs at a deceased military members funeral, or that anyone in this country could ever think of doing such a thing.
I hope that the founding fathers ideals are with the justices on the Supreme court as they make their ruling, and they rule as they see fit. I do not wish I was in any of their shoes, because this is one of those damned if you do, damned if you don’t type rulings that will go into the history books no matter which way they rule.