“God Hates Fags…”

“God Hates Fags” says a sign outside the funeral of a military veteran killed in action. Another sign exclaims, “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.” There are more, but you get the point. The Westboro Baptist Church parks outside military funerals to get attention for their claim that America is going to hell. The Supreme Court is hearing the case in which grieving father, Albert Snyder, is the The Westboro Baptist Church and its leader, Rev. Frank Phelps.

Should the church be allowed this obviously, offensive speech? Of course they should. That’s what Free Speech is about. In Ezra Levant’s book, Shakedown, he tells us why in a particular cogent way:

“It’s not benign speech that is at risk of censorship. No one tries to censor weather predictions or recipe books. It’s the spicy stuff that needs to be safeguarded…

If the choice is between individuals using their freedom of speech hurtfully and an all-seeing Big Brother watching our words and thoughts, I know which society I’d rather live in. You can always ignore a racist. You can’t escape from the government.”

John Stossel quotes Levant in this excellent article: http://stossel.blogs.foxbusiness.com/2010/10/06/more-speech-censorship/

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