reply to post by Hefficide
You are correct and incorrect in that aspect about Fred Phelps and what all he does and state. He is not a champion of the freedom of speech. But if
you look at it in this point of view, you will find that he is the champion of the freedom of speech.
It is always easier to state, when it is something that we agree with hearing of viewing, that it should be protected by the first admendment of the
United States, and be under the full protection of the law. But the true test of the protection and the law is based off of what we do not agree with
in the area of speech. I am one of the last people who would come to the aid of Fred Phelps and others like him, cause I do not like him or what he
and others like him have to say, as I find such disgusting and abhorrent to the better of human nature, as well as, consider his message a sin against
the human spirit. However, I will defend his right to say and act as he does, as that is the true meaning of the freedom of speech and our very
liberty for which our laws are based on.
Our founding forefathers, when they broke away from Great Britan, and the British Empire, knew that by signing the very declaration, that they were
signing a document that would be equated at the time as an act of Treason and would be a one way trip to the gallows.
We need to uphold the right equally across the board, no matter if we agree with or disagree with what is stated, or viewed in the persuit of the
Freedom of Speech. It sends a stronger message around the world, that our laws are applied equally across the entire population, that a person does
have the right and freedom to speak, rather than just have it down on a piece of paper as an idea that is not worth defending. In that sense, then
yes Fred Prelps, a man who I pity and tend to ignore, is a champion for the freedom of speech, cause I know that if I am willing to back and defend
his right to speak, then I am willing to defend the freedom of speech for all in the country, equally, no matter if I agree or disagree with the
And ultimately, the only true winners in this entire issue of burning the Quar'an, are the publishers and book sellers from which those books were