As much as I find WBC's actions to be reprehensible... I can't be a hypocrite and say that they are not entitled to their free speech. I might not agree with what you say, but I would die to defend your right to say it. Sadly, just as people can use the first amendment for amazingly good and positive things others can use it to say/do shitty and morally reprehensible things.
The first amendment is there to protect unpopular speech, not popular speech. If we start making exceptions and definitions for acceptable speech we'd be heading down a very slippery slope.
Very well said, and certainly part of the call of our troops to arms.
To paraphrase a statement I think Ted Nugent made several years back - we want the nuts to have free speech so we know what they are thinking and can be prepared to counter them.
However, there is certainly a time and a place for every thing
. For example, you have a right to bear arms in defense of your life, your country, or at the range, but not to just pop someone on the street for the hell of it or because they disagree with you - that would be murder. The distinction is what makes us a civilized nation. Probably not the best example but I hope you get the point I am trying to make.
Hence my county just passed a law that was very effective against the protestors at a recent funeral.
When I hear about disparaging things like these protests, I call to mind a lesson of a wise old elementary school teacher of mine - my rights end where someone else's begin. And the converse of that is true too, their rights end where mine begin. It seems this is so often forgotten by our court system in drawing the line. And that is why we must stand up to these bullies who twist the spirit of the law
to do reprehensible things.
The above law sets a time and a place for people to have their free speech and for people to have their funerals in peace.