This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.
“Thank God for 4 more dead troops. We are praying for 4,000 more.”
– The Westboro Baptist Church
The First Amendment doesn’t protect only the speech we hate; it also protects speech that bubbles up from the pipes of human septic tanks. We can’t fault the U.S. Supreme Court for upholding the right of Westboro Baptist Church members to spit their venom – from a distance – at military funerals.
The best response to speech is more speech.
This “church” – it’s really an inbred tribe of swamp creatures – specializes in invective and protests designed to outrage its moral superiors, which include most child-fondlers and widow-swindlers.
These self-proclaimed Baptists, who’ve been disowned and condemned by bona fide Baptist churches, are a traveling media circus – no, make that freak show – that feeds on litigation and governmental efforts to shut them down.
So let’s settle for the constitutional remedy of calling Westboro “Baptist” Church what it is and isn’t.
What it isn’t is anything remotely resembling its claimed Christianity, a religion founded on such precepts as “God is love” and “Bless them that curse you.” (Westboro Baptist version: “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God For Dead Soldiers.”)
Its 100-odd members are anything but decent, honest and charitable.
They’d be better described as pig-ignorant jackleg preachers who attach themselves like lampreys to the funerals of heroes and exult in the agony of bereaved mothers and fathers. They’re the misbegotten relatives and toadies of a lying, disbarred lawyer named Fred Phelps who’s figured out how to stretch his 15 minutes of fame into 15 years by inflicting his misshapen conscience on an unwilling nation.
The Westboro Baptist Church is a cage of blaspheming, loathsome, sociopathic, parasitic opportunists who suck their blood from the wounds of grieving human beings. They are ghouls, cowards, hagfish and emotional thugs – pseudo-Christian ranters who peddle religious pornography and malignant cant.
Take away the television cameras and microphones they need, and they would wither like starved fungus. They’d shrink back into their rotting log of a Kansas cult compound, deservedly forgotten.
These foul and scabrous vampires, so full of sanctimony and moral deformity, do have a First Amendment right to vent the stench of what’s decaying inside them. Other Americans have the same First Amendment right to call them exactly what they are: draculoid creatures as despicable as their victims are honorable.
And that’s our take on this particular Supreme Court case.