You know exactly what I’m talking about, of course. “Yes, yes, freedom of speech does in fact cover – barely – the disgustingly offensive and hate-filled spewing of Fred Phelps and his increasingly-inbred Westboro [ostensible denomination removed, so as not to libel true members of said denomination] Church. The Supreme Court ruled correctly. And it is un-Christian to hate these people back.
There’s no direct link to Jim Geraghty‘s Daily Jolt on this (yet), but he summed it up nicely:
On the Supreme Court case about the First Amendment rights about the [expletive deleted] at the Westboro Baptist Church, it’s a matter of war between my head and my heart. Or more specifically, what I wished the law would allow our hands and feet to do to their heads and hearts.
Again, it is un-Christian to hate these people back. Curb-stomping them will merely feed their life-denying, diseased fetish. We’re better than that, and them. These are all things that we already know, and they are all true things.
PS: That “but,” by the way, serves a reminder that all of us have the seeds of evil inside our hearts. Not to get all theological about it, or anything; still, we’re none of us perfect, and it’s best to keep that fact firmly in our heads at all times.