Now, here’s something both the Left and the Right can agree on

That the members of Westboro Baptist Church (and others who protest at the burials of soldiers) are unconscionable, irredeemable, anti-American morons and that the bikers who protect the families of fallen service men and women from these pathetic and contemptible grave-side ‘protests’ are true patriots. Right? I mean that’s a no brainer.

On his show this morning, Les Kinsolving, a local conservative radio talker, praised the bikers  as they peaceably defended the family of Navy Seal Lieutenant Brendan Looney, a Maryland native who died last month in a helicopter crash.  He was being buried with honors in Arlington National Cemetery.  I  never catch Kinsolving’s program anymore, having left Conservatism behind, but lately I’ve been monitoring the Right Wing pundits  in order to get a feel for where that movement is going.  I can’t help but wonder what Mr. Kinsolving (and other conservatives ) thought of Westboro Baptist before, when they were only harassing the families of gay service men and women.  Did they finally recognize Westboro as the virulent pox on America that it is, now that they  no longer focus only on gays,  but have joined other stupidly self-righteous  scum-bags in heckling the mourners of anyone killed in the line of duty?  If he has noticed Westboro’s actions before, and properly condemned them, then I apologize.

I’ve always liked bikers.  I like them even more, now.  I hope the Supreme Court has the same sense of honor that these folks have. Today they are hearing a case about Westboro’s  disruption of the burial of a another localMaryland native, Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder. His father is suing them for $5 million dollars and the outcome of this case may have considerable impact on what the phrase ‘freedom of speech’ will come to mean. I can only hope that, at the very least,  their decision will put Westboro (along with similar protesters on the Left) out of business for good. (In case you were wondering how stupid these people are, consider their disastrous sense of timing.) As the father of a serving Marine, for once I am not in favor of caps on punitive damages.

Semper fi!


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  1. #1 by Ric Booth on October 6, 2010 - 3:51 pm

    So I was thinking about this issue. Given that (a) the supreme court is probably going to do something crazy like defend the constitution and that (b) 47 states have passed legislation keeping Westboro 100 yards from the funeral site… could we maybe advertise a military funeral 80 yards from Dick Cheney’s duck blind?

    I’m just thinking out loud here…

  2. #2 by Christian Beyer on October 6, 2010 - 4:24 pm

    Keep on thinking. I like it.

  3. #3 by logiopsychopath on October 6, 2010 - 9:20 pm

    Honestly, this is a different case–how can something so offensive be considered protected speech.

    On the other hand, these Westboro folks are not dummies–Sherry Elliker on WBAL reported that they have a gaggle of lawyers in the family.

  4. #4 by 1sttime0ffender on October 7, 2010 - 12:20 am

    This is disgusts me. I can’t imagine they think this will cause anyone to sympathize with their cause and beliefs. Offender Jr heard this story and cried. And she is not easily driven to tears. She recently “adopted” a platoon serving in the middle east, and has been glued to every news reel about the military there. She doesn’t understand why “church people” could be so hateful. In one of those terrible moments where you know you failed as a parent, I was almost in tears because i didn’t have an answer.

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