First Amendment even shields Westboro Baptist Church
The Kansas City Star
The First Amendment in the Bill of Rights covers myriad sins, and the Westboro Baptist Church ministers and congregation should be forever thankful.
The Topeka group known nationally for protesting military funerals with anti-gay signs and chants has been outted on a new White House website. A petition on the site has picked up more than 275,000 signatures asking the federal government to “legally recognize” the church as a hate group, The Kansas City Star reports.
Certainly the infamous church qualifies because of its loud and TV-hungry anti-homosexual efforts all over the country. The church had even planned anti-gay pickets at the funeral of the slain principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., but thank goodness counterprotesters scotched that.
The signatures on the White House petition seeking to label the church a hate group will likely go nowhere. But it is important that decent people show that they won’t tolerate the Westboro Baptist Church’s actions.
The sin of free speech, after all, has to answer to the holy blessings of consequences.