Saturday, July 22, 2006

ACLU Teams Up With Westboro Baptist Hate Cult

You remember the fine folks of the Westboro Baptist Church, don't you? They're the ones who believe that Islamic jihad against America is God's judgement for tolerating homosexuals. Their chosen way to get the "word" out is to march at soldiers' funerals.

Missouri recently passed a law protecting the rights of soldiers' families to bury their dead in peace. But the American Civil Liberties Union doesn't think they deserve to do so. From The Wichita Eagle:
Missouri's law bans picketing and protests "in front of or about" any church, cemetery or funeral establishment from an hour before a funeral begins until an hour after it ends. A number of other state laws and a federal law, signed in May by President Bush, bar such protests within a certain distance from a cemetery or funeral.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Jefferson City. It will test lawmakers' ability to target the Rev. Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church, constitutional scholars say.

I support the Constitutional right to freedom of expression, but anyone with any common sense knows that it is not an absolute right. For example, I do not have the right to exhort people to murder the members of the Westboro Baptist Church or the ACLU.

The Westboro Baptist Church and the ACLU do not have a right to verbally assault and harrass the grieving families of fallen heroes.

Via Stop the ACLU.