Friday, October 06, 2006

Another one of the prices of freedom

One of the costs of having the freedoms that we enjoy is that we must tolerate those who exercise them in ways that make you want to beat them to death with a baseball bat. The correct way to deal with them is to shun them and use the metaphorical bludgeon of shame.

It doesn't always work, but I'm glad to see that there are those like Bridget willing to hand it out.
Must give major, major props to talk-show host Mike Gallagher for stomaching an hour of vile rhetoric in return for a signed agreement to keep Westboro Church -- the charming group that protests outside soldiers funerals -- from pulling their same stunt outside the funerals of the Amish schoolgirls killed earlier this week. This "church" takes God's name in vain every time by using it to push their sick, hateful agenda.

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Then look at the Amish, who have already visited the killer's wife in a gesture of forgiveness, whose faith is shown to the world as a quiet fortitude in the face of unspeakable tragedy, who have cast anger and hatred aside at a time when anyone would understandably feel such emotions.
And she's right, Gallagher deserves some serious kudos. God I hate those people. It isn't fair that the families of the victims of this horrible crime should have to be the ones to pay this price.

*** Update ****

Upon a little further reflection and some convincing arguments that I heard from Glenn Beck, maybe Gallagher shouldn't have caved into these assholes. It just encourages them.