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January 8, 2006

Give it a Rest, Westboro!

First, I will take this opportunity to commend Dr. Jerz for his continuous coverage of a local tragedy.

According to Good as You, the lovely folks over at Westboro Baptist are still praising God for "12 dead miners" in a "fag-infested" West Virginia.

Being a Christian myself, that statement makes me absolutely sick. Abusing the Bible the way this Church has in previous occasions also makes me sick. This raises a very interesting issue, though. How can we as a country allow hate? Libertarians and even the ACLU would argue that age-old first amendment rights issue, but hate easily turns to violence and to sustain a country, we a certain amount of order is needed.

Issues of social justice come up when you think of Westboro. They abuse and threaten the rights of others and yet they can still speak their mind. This was (and probably is) an issue with the KKK. How can we sleep at night when people speak and act violently against other people?

Like Dr. Jerz has mentioned numerous times, freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequence. We have the right to say and do what we want so long as it does not violate the rights of others.

Posted by EvanReynolds at January 8, 2006 10:36 PM

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