Hatemongering and Freedom of Speech
I read Sean Gregory’s article in Time Magazine October 4th issue titled “The Price of Free Speech.” It is about a religious group picketing at soldiers’ funerals. It isn’t an antiwar movement per se; it is an antigay movement whereby a Baptist sect interprets military “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy as being too pro-gay. The group makes outrageously offensive statements such as “Thank God for Dead Soldiers,” and such. The leaders include the founder’s daughter, a lawyer, who is making a name for herself defending freedom of speech as a guise under which the group can promote their brand of hate.
You can read the article yourself for details. I am leaving out their names on purpose as I don’t want to give to them free press they don’t deserve.
The Constitution protects the right of individuals to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It protects against discrimination and assures minority rights.
Many people hide their zealous bigoted hatred under a religious umbrella, and for me there is no difference between the subject group and the Taliban or al Qaeda. They are terrorists against humanity and for that they must be stripped of their rights just as common criminals are of theirs because they are certainly no better than common criminals and their hatred is as bad as the worst terrorists.
God made gays just as he did everything else, if you believe that. Of course there was a purpose and the purpose was not to create people that Baptists can ridicule and be intolerant to at will. God put the devil into some people, and the one’s picketing at funerals are among them.