There is now a case before the US Supreme Court that I think every person who loves freedom should watch closely.
The case before the US Supreme Court concerns whether the father of a dead Marine should win his lawsuit against a [so called ] fundamentalist church group that picketed his son's funeral.
The father alleged invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress and civil conspiracy in his suit.
His son died in Iraq in 2006, and members of the Westboro Baptist Church protested the funeral to make their point that U.S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are punishment for Americans' immorality, including tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.
Of course, the defendants insist that it is a case involving "their Constitutional right to free speech" -- whenever and however they want to express those rights.
But it is not as simple as that.
The issues, from my point of view, are the hurtful ( & Un-Christian) tactics employed by these protesters.
They assert their "right to speak their mind" while deliberately trampling the rights of people --who just want to bury their loved one in peace -- with dignity & respect.
Case in point-- the cruel, hurtful signs carried by the protesters. The Kansas congregation held signs outside the funeral reading "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "God Hates You".
The right to free speech, along with all the other rights which are guaranteed by our Bill of Rights, our Constitution, and our Laws are "rights" [that people in other countries are fighting and dying to secure] --which have been paid for -- by the blood of our past and present soldiers.
As Americans we are extremely proud and protective when it comes to our fundamental rights -- and we will readily assert these rights.
But consider this,
along with these "rights" we also have a tremendous responsibility -- both to each other, and to the rest of the world.
Just because we have the "right to free speech" --does not mean that as a result of our right -- we can step on the rights of others.
It does not mean that we can fore-go our responsibility to be:
-And if we profess to be Christians - to act from a position of love & forgiveness --and not for a position of hate & scorn.
These home grown terrorists -hiding under the "Bill of Rights", are more dangerous than the external terrorist groups looking to undermine our way of life.
These home grown groups demand their rights -- but neglect their responsibilities & the rights of other.
These groups demand and fight for their right to say and do hateful things, while trampling on the rights of others.
Does this some familiar?
-This is the new Taliban -- The American Taliban.
If they have their way -
-very soon they would be chopping hands off.
-having public executions of people they deem undesirable.
-burning books, movies, videos.
-spreading fear and violence.
-taking away your rights.
America's "Silent Majority" -- it is time to speak up.
Your voices need to be heard --loud & clear
-Protest the protesters.
-March on Washington.
-Contact your elected representatives.
-Get your Religious Leaders involved.
-Contact our Free Press, TV Stations etc.
If these extremist groups [hiding behind our cherished rights] can say and do anything they want ---without being held accountable & liable -- what can we expect next?
In closing, I ask our Supreme Court Justices to:
- protect our "right to free speech" but remind our citizens that
-you are also responsible and accountable" for your words and actions.
Until tomorrow, stay informed
Your opinion is important.What do you think?
The price of greatness is responsibility. –quote by Winston Churchill