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What’s your reaction to the Snyder v. Phelps Supreme Court decision?

March 15, 2011

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Mike (McClellan in Tonganoxie) says...

“The Court made the right decision. Yes, protests conducted by the Westboro Baptist Church are distasteful. But the first amendment was never designed to negate speech. On the contrary, the intent of the first amendment is to promote free speech in the proper time, place, and manner. It would be worrisome if the court sought to control (censor) public speech that was done in the past during Shay’s Rebellion, Red Scare of the 1920s and McCarthy, just to name a few. Let’s not let the village idiots silence freedoms so hard won.”

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Austin Harris ( in Tonganoxie) says...

“Personal feelings aside, I was somewhat surprised but not totally shocked by the courts choices based on past judgments on first amendment rights.”

Lisa Christensen ( in Tonganoxie) says...

“Personally, I find Phelps and his minions repulsive, and I wish someone could shut him up. But, they say the true test of whether you truly support free speech comes when you have to support the right of someone you despise to say something you despise even more. A brother of one of the fallen soldiers whose funeral the Phelps crowd was protesting spoke about the fact that free speech was one of the rights his brother gladly served to defend. I guess that says it all.”

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dregstudios 3 years, 8 months ago on What’s your reaction to the Snyder v. Phelps Supreme Court decision?

What are Fred Phelps and the WBC afraid of? Rainbows? Unicorns? A flaming pink queer apocalypse? I attempted to address this with a portrait of the good reverend on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/03/fred-phelps-and-westboro-baptist-church.html Drop in and let me know what you think!

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