|This is such a tough one. And the subject has been coming up alot. I heard gloria Feldt (Fmr President of Planned Parenthood) addressing freedom of speech vs. hate speech when she was discussing Rush's hateful comments about the woman who testified regarding contraceptives. She seems to feel there is a fine line between free speech and hate speech and is leading a movement to sue Rush and bring him down (in the court of law) based on the fact that he crossed the line of free speech into hate speech - and that there is a difference.
On the opposite side, there is the ACLU who says that defending freedom of speech is easy when the message is not that difficult to hear, however, the defense of freedom of speech is most critical when the message is terrible and difficult to hear.
I sorta feel once we start trying to draw a line between hate speech and free speech then free speech comes under take and vulnerable to interpretation. At that point it can change in the wind depending on who is the judge or how the law is interpreted.
I think the most powerful way to fight against the Westboro Church is for activists to show up in such great numbers - and in a peaceful way - so as to block out the hate message and to offer comfort to the grieving families. This concept is, I think, what Firespot was talking about in his post. Only less negative - not shouting hate at the church - causing more stress - but singing comforting hymns to the family, holding candles and drowning out the hate with the positive.
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