This particular champion of the First Amendment WILL NOT step up to defend these life hating cretins from greater Wichita. People I know more intimately often wonder why I’m NOT a Christian. These Westboro yahoos are yet another reason why.
I’m reminded of a 1988 Oliphant cartoon, in which the great maestro has to defend Larry Flynt’s First Amendment rights after he brutally lampooned the “Rev.” Jerry Falwell in a nasty cartoon in his Hustler magazine. (Not that Mr. Falwell didn’t have it coming, but, ooooh, my, it was some vile stuff.) The Supremes ruled in Flynt’s favor, nonetheless, compelling Oliphant to portray Flynt as a filthy, enormous boar, which the rest of the media had to embrace.
Mr. Flynt DID NOT sue Mr. Oliphant for libel, to his credit.
Here’s hoping a certain political candidate Mr. Davies recently skewered, far more mildly, might take a small hint…
The great Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, jr, famously defined the limits of 1st Amendment protections by writing that there is a vast difference between falsely shouting “fire” in an open field, and doing so in a crowded theater.
According to the Great Dissenter’s timeless analogy, while speech IS protected, perfect freedom in choosing the time and place where one speaks is not absolute and inviolable, as has been demonstrated innumerable times in the past, up to and including the sequestering of protesters away from presidential speeches, especially during the reign of George W. Bush.
I’m frankly mystified that Holmes’s words have not yet been invoked in this case; new interpretations of, or limitations on, the 1st Amendment are not necessary in the case of the self-righteous boors from the Westboro Baptist Church. Let Holmes be Holmes!
For once, BC, we vaguely suffer agreement. But you STILL haven’t done your homework. These Westboro goons would be the first to tell you that YOU’RE not a Christian. Indeed, they’re Baptists (of the most vile and warped form), and, yes, they have a church building, in Westboro, a suburb of Wichita. (And, yes, trust me on this, Wichita is much like Kansas’ Los Angeles; it has suburbs.) These losers are the moral equivalent to Islamic extremists; one wonders how much longer they’ll wait to act upon their spiteful tenets violently (like we saw happen to a Wichita abortion doctor?).
My paternal uncle LCP2 (I’ll be discreet about his name is a retired Baptist deacon and frequent missionary. He utterly loathes these creeps; they defile his beliefs. It’s partially because of my Unk’s disgust for these knuckledraggers that I know about them.
As for me? Again, I’ll reiterate: It’s people like these who make me thank God I was never baptised. If these bigoted morons really believe they’re going to heaven, sign me up for 50,000 tours of hell. It’s bound to be superior an experience.
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Matt Davies is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for The Journal News. Born in London, he immigrated to the United States in 1983 and pursued his love of drawing, writing and making fun of people in positions of power throughout his educational career, while fitting in schoolwork in his spare time.