Hey, come on. Democracy had a pretty good run. Almost two and a half centuries? That's pretty good. But today's modern
citizensubject craves a form of government that's a little more… Xtreme.
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All this Qaddafi-related strife in Libya comes as an even bigger surprise for most guys when they first realize that a 'Libya' isn't just another female body part they don't understand.
Huckabee is starting to make Sheen look like a real Gibson. Charles Gibson, respected journalist and host of Good Morning America and World News with Charles Gibson, that is.
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Goddamnit! As if I needed another reason to hate the Westboro Baptist Church, now I have to go and be happy that they won a case protecting their Constitutional right to be obnoxious, hate-filled, media-whoring trolls? Why do you make me support you, Fred Phelps?! Why?!?!
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting, anti-gay protests outside military funerals.
The court voted 8-1 in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. The decision upheld an appeals court ruling that threw out a $5 million judgment to the father of a dead Marine who sued church members after they picketed his son's funeral…
"What Westboro said, in the whole context of how and where it chose to say it, is entitled to 'special protection' under the First Amendment," [Chief Justice John] Roberts wrote, "and that protection cannot be overcome by a jury finding that the picketing was outrageous."
Ugh! It could have gone worse. They could have lost. I think that being happy they won is better than being sad they lost. In a weird way. Then I'd probably feel compelled to defend them. Then people who feel the same way as me — but are less lazy — would probably feel compelled to go out and protest the Phelps' lost right to protest. And that would get very confusing.
It would be so much nicer to have one set of rules for people we like and another set for people we hate.
I think I'm actually starting to see the appeal of the Tea Party movement.
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So, it's looking like Fred Phelps — who, along with his daughter, is testifying before the Supreme Court this week to defend his and the Westboro Baptist Church's constitutional right to be the most horrible fucking collection of people imaginable right in the face of grieving people at funerals — is all set to go down in U.S. history as a hero of free speech alongside pornographer Larry Flynt.
Life, as the French say, is étrange…
At the Huffington Post, Geoffrey Stone predicts that "the Supreme Court will hold that the jury verdict in this case violated the First Amendment." In an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal, Eugene Volokh argues that the Court would be wrong to hold otherwise: "judges and juries shouldn’t be free to decide, case by case, that some particular message at a demonstration or on a Web site is so outrageous that it loses constitutional protection." Jamie Raskin at ACSblog agrees that "we cannot silence the utterly annoying Rev. Phelps except by promoting the values that he despises."
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the editorial boards of several major newspapers urge the Court to hold that the contested speech is protected by the First Amendment. The editorial board of the New York Times contends that "it is in the interest of the nation that strong language about large issues be protected, even when it is hard to do so." The editorial board of the Baltimore Sun agrees, maintaining that "[t]he First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of speech would be meaningless if it didn’t protect the most unpopular and offensive forms of expression." As do the editorial boards of the Washington Post, which contends that "everyone’s rights will be eroded" if "Westboro's vitriol is deemed unworthy of First Amendment protection," and the Los Angeles Times, which emphasizes that the case will "have reverberations in settings far removed from military funerals."
It feels weird to say that I'm thankful for Phelps and WBC and what they're doing, so I think I'll just say "ham sandwich."
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