Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Can't A Person Get A Moments Peace
I was reading through the paper yesterday afternoon when I came across a story that flat out pissed me off. Legislation is being considered in at least 14 states that will limit when and where protests may be allowed at funerals. What have we become as a society; when this type of law has to be considered?
The latest protests are by a group of Christian fundamentalists. The Westboro Baptist Church, headquartered in Topeka, Kansas, are protesting at the funerals of soldiers. These religous zealots carry protest signs, which state the message that these soldiers were struck down by God because they were fighting for a country that harbors homosexuals and adulterers. They also made a name for themselves in the '90's for protesting at the funerals of Aids victims.
The paper went on to say that this will bring about a clash between privacy and free speech rights. I say bullshit. It does not matter what a persons thoughts are on this war, it does not matter what your thoughts of homosexuality are, and it does not even matter if you feel the deceased was a complete ass. What does matter is the right of each and every human being to be allowed to be given their final respects in a dignified and honorable fashion.
This country seems to have an ever growing population of uncivilized cretins, who care nothing for the rights of others but only a nagging voice to have each and every one of their crackpot ideas shoved into the face of their fellow man. Freedom of speech along with the other basic freedoms given to us in The Bill of Rights are strong pillars for a just and great Nation. I will not abridge anyone's right to say whatever the hell they want to say from the highest mountaintop but when that right interferes with the common decency and respect that should be afforded to each person as they are laid to rest, then that is when I must say that enough is enough.
I say if such a law must be passed then by all means give it some teeth. Anyone convicted of making a mockery of the final rights of any person should be taken to the town square and publicly horse-whipped until either they learn respect for their fellow man or at least have gained the knowledge of when to keep their damned mouth shut.
If such laws are not feasible then I have an alternate solution. These protesters should be invited to try that shit here in West Texas. I am sure that if any were to show up and spread their idiocy at the funeral of a proud son or daughter of Texas, they would receive a lesson in good manners. Their protest signs would be shot from their hands and they would be ducking, diving, and swinging from Mesquite tree branch to Mesquite tree branch in order to escape gun-packing Grannies bent upon teaching them some manners.