Voltaire and Fred Phelps

9 Oct

Now there are two names you never thought you would see together!  While I agree with Voltaire that: “[while]I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” I do find it hard to defend Phelps.  There is a difference between freedom of speech and impinging on other’s basic civil rights.  It is a fine line, and I’m not always comfortable where to draw it. The closet case known as Fred Phelps, is full of so much hate, I’m surprised he does not self-combust.  While I like this specific Truthout article, I cannot say:Thank god for Fred Phelps.


2 Responses to “Voltaire and Fred Phelps”

  1. rhulshofschmidt October 9, 2010 at 7:52 am #

    As an ardent supporter of the First Amendment, this is the kind of example that makes me bang my head against my desk. I agree with Michael, “Thank God” is a bit strong. But it is good to be reminded that convictions only matter when they are tested. Westboro’s behavior, while loathesome, was (very strategically) within the law. In fact, Matthew Snyder’s family was unaware of the protest during the funeral and only found out about it from news reports afterward. I ache for the Snyder family, but stand firm on the principle. Makes me think of Niemöller, too. At first they silenced the lunatic homophobes, and I said nothing…

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt October 9, 2010 at 7:54 am #

      What kind of very sick twisted world is it that two gay men are defending the actions of such a total waste particle like Fred Phelps?

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