I guess to continue with the theme of gay rights, I will discuss the Supreme Court ruling in the Westboro Baptist Church case. Even though they are clearly spreading a message of hate, these people have free speech protection under the First Amendment. "Speech is powerful. It can stir people to action, move them to tears of both joy and sorrow, and -- as it did here -- inflict great pain. On the facts before us, we cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority. I completely agree with having the right to express themselves--but there should be clear limitations here. Amazing that America can be called the "land of the free" when people have the RIGHT to protest at military funerals--yet homosexuals still don't have marriage equality, isn't it?
To learn more about the Westboro Baptist Church, check out this documentary by Louis Theroux: The Most Hated Family in America . As much as these people disturb me, I can't help the fact that I am FASCINATED by them. Their lifestyle, their beliefs, their leader, their children. It all just amazes me, how can people have so much hate inside of them? The Westboro Baptist Church also happens to be the subject of my speech for my Intro to Communication class--in case anyone was interested.