reply to post by SloAnPainful
I've argued with myself back and forth on this issue.
On the one hand, I despise the Westboro cult as I would any other religious extremist group, I'm anti-religion, I'm gay, I feel sick whenever I see
anything about them.
On the other hand, where do restrictions stop, and why is it okay for a Republican politician to promote intolerance and hatred of others from a
political platform to an entire country, but not okay for these freaks in a small event like that?
Even though I am not American, I'm looking at this from the perspective of other American citizens. What the Westboro freaks think wouldn't scare me
or threaten me, but the religious beliefs a Republican politician running for Presidency espouses on the podium definitely would.
They can no longer hate on people however they like, but a Republican candidate can quote the Bible as an excuse to remove the rights of American
citizens and everyone thinks that's perfectly fine?
I understand that there is a double standard here, and it has more to do with the fact that it's military services being harmed here. But it's fine
if the hate is directed at gay people?
So, in America, it's not okay to insult military families (understandably so) but it's "freedom of speech" to verbally attack all gay people?
In all honesty I think American needs to work on deciding what is considered hate speech, and base their laws on that. In the UK these people would
have been stopped already. Not because they're abusing military families, and not because they're attacking gay people - but because they are
preaching hatred and intolerance.
It shouldn't matter who it's directed at or who is doing the screaming. If people are verbally attacking others based on their own selfish opinions
and world views there needs to be action taken. If a person walked into a school and started preaching racism to ten year old kids that's obviously
not going to be acceptable, so why is it acceptable against gay people in the street?
You need laws covering everyone, not certain people, not certain circumstances. If it's hatred with a purpose of causing distress to others it should
be illegal for anyone.
This would cover racial issues, sexuality, gender and disability.