A Republic, if you can keep it

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Westboro Church Sues City Over Funeral Ordinance

I've been away/busy for the past few weeks. I had Christmas and New Year events to attend and or co-host. As a rule we don't get into a lot of that but my Wife wanted to do something different this year. We have even moved an old friend of about forty years into the apartment in our basement. He recently became homeless, there was no way we could leave him on the streets even if his situation had been his own fault, which it wasn't. There are some things a person just shouldn't do, there is an article about some folks that don't seem to understand that in my local paper today (Saturday, January 10, 2009).

Westboro Baptist Church has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Saint Joseph, Missouri. "The lawsuit alleges the city ordinance infringes upon individual speech, religious liberty and assembly rights, and creates a “chilling effect” for Westboro to express its views." (Continue Reading) I agree with the Westboro members, as United States citizens our guaranteed rights should not be infringed upon. However, I also feel that as citizens we should use some common sense when exorcising these rights. That is something I don't feel the Westboro members could be accused of doing. They don't seem to care about the “chilling effect” their funeral protests have on the friends and family members of the deceased. I can't think of to much that would make me happier than Westboro Baptist Church losing some of their ASSets when this case goes to court.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to:
The St. Joseph News-Press