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Tag: Fred Phelps


Cruel, reptilian, parasitic cults have rights, too

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.”)
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