I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the Supreme Court’s ruling concerning Westboro Baptist Church’s rights to free speech.
As most of you know I’m a librarian. Defending the right to freedom of speech kind of goes along with the job. It is one of the principles on which our country was founded — an absolute necessity for democracy.
I totally agree.
But how is it that these so-called “Christians'” right to free speech outweighs the rights of families grieving for the loss of their loved ones? Loved ones who, I might add, fell in defense of our country.
I was thinking about this and wondering how anyone, especially anyone who claims to be a Christian, could actually think that calling out hateful things about gays and lesbians at a funeral — anyone’s funeral — could possibly be a good idea.
That’s when I had my epiphany.
It’s easier to hate than think. It’s simpler to shout than to try to understand.
And some people will always take the easy way out.
Here’s hoping that neither you nor I are one of them. At least not all the time.