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SPEECH: Pot calling the kettle black?

Letter by Bruce E. Foreman, Tacoma on March 4, 2011 at 8:56 am | 4 Comments »
March 4, 2011 8:56 am

Re: “Cruel, reptilian, parasitic cults have rights, too” (editorial, 3-3).

Are you pulling our collective legs? The editorial about the Westboro Baptist Church and the Supreme Court decision about free speech just blows me away. I have never read in the TNT such a collection of name-calling: “pig-ignorant jackleg preachers … blaspheming, loathsome, sociopathic, parasitic opportunists … ghouls, cowards, hagfish and emotional thugs … foul and scabrous vampires … draculoid creatures.”

Now, I know that you have a constitutional right to print such language, but isn’t this the pot calling the kettle black? Maybe you have a redeeming purpose, and if so I’d like to hear it. If not, then I’ll have to conclude that you have climbed into bed with all the other name-callers which parts of our national media seem to collect. I hope this is not so.

I, too, wish that the people of Westboro Baptist could change their minds, hearts and language. I also hope that our Supreme Court will someday read the Constitution with a broader outlook in line with present reality. But I fear that editorials like this one set us back scores of years to an era of scandal sheet journalism best forgotten.

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