nephir: Line art STFU (STFU)
The Supreme Court starts hearing the Snyder vs. Phelps case this week.  For those who are in the dark about this, Al Snyder is the father of a deceased American soldier whose funeral was picketed by Fred Phelps and his Westbourgh Baptist Church. 

Ol' Freddy boy has 13 viable spluges of genetic material, 11 of which are lawyers, and he and his family like to make other people very unhappy.  They are most famous for their very offensive signs, often held by children, that proclaim such tripe as 'God hates Fags', 'God loves dead soldiers' and other such utter crap.

I am a huge proponent of free speech, even when it makes myself and others uncomfortable, but he hits me so hard emotionally that I cannot help but have a bad response to him, preferably of the violent and physical kind.  Its what he lives for. 

Time magazine has a long article about this court battle in the October 4th issue. 

I urge you go out and read this article, as this has the makings of a landmark case.  It's been hard to battle Phelps and his ilk because their signs always use unprovable statements.  After all, how are you supposed to put God on the stand to question?

Its not a question of if he should be allowed to picket, sure its in really poor taste but it is his right.  What is in question is can he be held responsible for the harm his picketing has done to the familys' of dead soldiers and others he has targeted with his hate campaign.  Can this harm be proven in court.

I have hopes that it can be, and that in some way he and his legacy can be removed.

May 2017

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