The media approaches stories from the wrong perspective on a consistent basis. Yes, I understand they sensationalize in order to sell newspapers or more appropriately to increase advertising hits on their websites.
But emphasis needs to be paid to the substance of this story and not resort to the yellow journalism approach.
Case in point. Yesterday the Supreme Court in an 8-1 vote protected the rights of free speech in this country. I applaud that. I’ve been a member pf the ACLU for almost as long as I can remember. I believe firmly in the right to free speech. To be able to evoke public dissent to the policies of our country or to show open disdain for hate groups and evangelicals of ignorance. In turn we have to protect their right to be idiots too. It’s only fair.
That is where the emphasis should lie. The Supremes opted on the side of Americans to speak out freely.
It sends the wrong message.
Justice Samuel Alito was the lone dissenter and I somehow believe he drew the short straw for the right to denounce the actions of “Rev” Fred Phelps and his family cult of lunatics at the Westboro Baptist Church. Phelps we know is a nutbag. He doth protest too much (Literally). He also stands fiercely against all religions except his own. (I think he needs to be against just one more to own the whole collection). Oddly enough he is against racism. (I think Hitler liked dogs didn’t he?)
The public needs to continue counter-protesting Phelps and his not-so-merry band of wackadoodles at every turn. Smother their message of hate with words of mirth and joy. Make them completely irrelevant and synonymous with feces.
Someday someone will be walking down the sidewalk in Paris and say, “Oh Damn! I got some dog Phelps on my shoe.”
The Supreme Court yesterday guaranteed every American’s right to speak up.
In honor people should gather in front of Phelps’ church and protest.
“Phelps should read Matthew 6!”
“Phelps should read Matthew 6!…”