Dear Fred Phelps and Westboro

You disgust me.  You are a pack of vile human beings.  You practice a perverted form of a faith I hold dear, and I will shed no tears when you slough off this mortal coil.  I can’t say, but I suspect you will be mighty surprised at what you find on the other side.  You are everything that drives people away from a true faith and relationship with God.  Your hateful campaign against homosexuality is not born out of the compassion of Christ but instead likely born of your own deep seated fear and hatred of a part of yourself.  A hatred of your own compulsions.  Don’t wrap yourself in some mantle of morality.  I’ve not seen you protesting against other sinful behaviors.

God does not hate fags.  God is love.  Where in the teachings of Jesus do you find calls to proselytize hate, Mr. Phelps?  Jesus turned over the tables of the money changers in the temples.  Were he walking the earth today, I believe it is your signs that he would cast out.  Jesus ministered to tax collectors and prostitutes.  You whore yourself out to cameras to spread your message of hate and hurtfulness.  I laugh when you are ridiculed because you deserve no respect.

Today you stand in front of the highest court in the land to answer for your actions.  Or, at least your attorney will stand.  And I believe this court will side with you.  I also think it is the right decision for the court to make.  We can’t have a first amendment that only protects popular speech.  It must protect the vile and disgusting speech.  The unalienable rights protected by our Constitution do not include the right not to be offended.  You will not be protected from the reaction to your speech, and one day you will sit in front of a much higher court that will judge what is in your heart.  And what is there, only God knows.

Matthew Snyder and his father did not deserve the hate you spew.  They deserve the respect and decorum normally given by decent human beings to those in mourning.  But you are not a decent human being.  You should be ashamed, but your heart is too perverted to feel shame. The carbon that composes your body could be put to higher uses than carrying your own immortal soul.  And it is immortal.  The judgment by the true high court is eternal.

As much as I hate your speech, it would be a dark day indeed if we only protected that speech with which we are comfortable.    We must protect the speech we find abhorrent lest we find ourselves on the wrong side of popular opinion one day.

8 thoughts on “Dear Fred Phelps and Westboro”

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  2. Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such thing as Wisdom; and no such thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.

    BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, The New England Courant, Jul. 9, 1722

    The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.
    Justice Anthony Kennedy (1936 – )

    I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
    Evelyn Beatrice Hall, The Friends of Voltaire (1906)

  3. I pledge to respect the Phelps Phuckers’ right to freedom of speech.

    I also pledge to donate at least $100 to the defense fund of anyone who someday snaps and cold-cocks the scumbag.

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