I’m in a bit of a quandary.
I’m a big freedom of speech advocate … I think that everyone is entitled to their opinion and to voice that opinion in the appropriate forums.
Enter Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church.
There is a case currently in front of the Supreme Court where the family of a fallen Marine sued Phelps for “intentional infliction of emotional distress”.
I absolutely despise what Phelps and his group have to say … Phelps is one of the most evil, black-hearted, hateful people I’ve ever heard of. If there is a hell, as his religion suggest, there is a very special place in the lowest level’s reserved just for him.
None the less … I think Phelps has the right to present his message as long as he obeys the law.
I disagree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.
So the question is … how do we balance a person’s first amendment right to free speech against a message that is, almost universally, considered to be hateful? Do we balance it?
Personally, I wish the media would stop giving Phelps the attention that he apparently so desperately wants. Perhaps, if he’s not getting the media spotlight, he’ll shut up and crawl back into the hole he came out of?