Fred Phelps can go to hell. He’s likely the most vile person living currently in the United States and his presence here is an embarrassment. Likewise, the celebrity bestowed upon him by the media gives him much more status than he deserves. His rantings and anti-homosexual, anti-American, anti-taste shenanigans are anathema to everything any decent American believes.
That is why he should win in the US Supreme Court when the suit brought against him by Albert Snyder makes its way to them.
It’s exactly the disgusting nature of his comments that demand the defense of the First Amendment. In an era when the President of the United States uses the drama of his State of the Union Address to attack and lie about the Supreme Court for upholding our right to speak (and publish books) about candidates running to (allegedly) represent us in government, it is incumbent on us as Americans to defend all political speech, ESPECIALLY that with which we disagree. Without that, our First Amendment means nothing.
That said, the premature ruling that Snyder pay the lawyer fees for this troglodyte is asinine. I’m glad to see many people stepping up to assist Snyder so he doesn’t face the $17,000 bill he can’t afford. Frankly, though, I believe he should drop his case, lest the unintended consequences result in a further abridgement of our right to free speech.
Now… Let The Flaming Begin!
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, hunkered down at TML)
UPDATE: P.S., I know this is very controversial and perhaps even inflammatory. This is my opinion, and doesn’t necessarily reflect Bruce’s or Dan’s view.