Good News of the Day! Phelps/Westoboro Baptist Found Guilty

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  1. Annie
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    The award surpasses their assets, good deal!

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-westboro1031,0,4193323,print.story?coll=bal_tab01_layout


     
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    Yeah! This won’t put a damper on free speech. People are still free to speak on sidewalks and meeting rooms. They can even hold marches. They can buy radio and TV time. They can buy ads in newspapers. They can even create their own flyers. Yet, to hoot and holler and wave offensive pickets at a private funeral is just asking too much. I’d say the same about abortion clinic protestors. People can disagree without being so disagreeable.

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    Will never survive appeal.

    If free speech means anything, it must mean protection for speech that isn't liked. Otherwise, it's meaningless. If you don't like Fred Phelps, protest HIM.
     
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    Or shoot him...

    ...wait, did I say that?!?

    "I am a Vengeful God" -God
    (Something Fred would understand at least...)
     
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    I agree. That these hatemongers call themselves Christians annoys the hell out of me.
     
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    I do not believe there is an appeal process. I think all they can do is fight the award. I was very glad when I read this, even copied it to post here before I found it already posted.

    These people are idiots. I do not like using courts to punish people on matters like this ( financially I mean) and I suspect the award is hardly in tune with the first amendment. BUT damn these people deserve what they got.

    Where are all the Liberals to defend the loss of rights brought about by the evil Bush Regime?
     
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    oh...it'll be reduced on appeal. But there is no right to freedom of speech at a private funeral, even if he is your kind of hatemonger. He's free to go protest in Crawford, however.
     
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    You seem like an “absolutist” so let me test your resolve when it comes to free speech. I’m allowed to scream at the top of my lungs 1 foot from the front door, at women as they enter clinics that, among other things, provide abortions. Yes-or-no? Atheists are allowed to parade in front of churches while carrying offensive signs and shout curse words while people enter the church. I’m allowed to go down a dark alley in Harlem, New York at 2 o’clock in the morning screaming “God Hates *******” with a bullhorn and not get arrested. I am speaking, aren’t I? Isn’t there a law against disturbing the peace or inciting a riot?
     
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    The first amendment applies to the government's obligation not to interfere with freedom of speech. If you do it on my property or at a private family function, you're tresspassing.
     
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    Free speech can be and is pushed too far. Your rights end where mine begin. Or do you think your rights are more important than mine?
     

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