Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Freedom of speech means just that.
Earlier today the Supreme Court -- in a clear, 8-1 decision, ruled that Fred Phelps and his odious family (also called the Westboro Baptist Church) have the right to be just about as vicious and hurtful and annoying as they like.
It's one of those "I hate what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" decisions. My hope is that this decision will shut up all of those Christianists who claim that marriage equality will lead to a trampling of their religious freedoms. After all, if Fred Phelps can shout "God Hates Fags" in a public space, what is to stop a preacher in a private church from continuing to preach that homosexuality is a sin, which is what so many of them claim?