Thomas Knapp on his personal run in with Fred Phelps and his merry band of God Hates Fags ‘phobes:
At the 2000 “major party” presidential debates (sic) in St. Louis, the Westboro Baptist Church Crew (the gen-ewww-whine “God Hates Fags” mob) held court in a fenced-off section of the official “free speech zone” with their “Mel’s in Hell” signs (Missouri governor and Democratic US Senate candidate Mel Carnahan had been killed in a plane crash the day before). A bunch of us talked — which amounted to playing the dozens — with them for a bit, until one of them tried to start a fight and then cowered behind an intervening police officer when I let him know that yeah, sure, I was up to it (perhaps because I told him that once I was done whipping him, I might just sodomize him in front of his friends).
Knapp on Bush’s response to Phelps and his bunch of rabble rousing twits:
InGeorge W. Bush has once again officially repudiated the First Amendment — and, by associating that repudiation with the armed forces of the United States, he has disgraced the men and women in uniform once again.
Bush’s disrespect for freedom — and for military personnel who haven’t deserted their posts as he did — seems to be limitless.
As an American and as a libertarian, I find his disobedience to the bare minimum constitutional restraints on government power intolerable; as a former Marine, I find his disdain for the men and women he postures as the Commander in Chief of just downright disgusting — “God Hates Fags” cubed disgusting.
So, Mr. Bush: Take your “Respect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act” and cram it right up your chickenhawk cloaca. To paraphrase the man who should be doing the job you’ve so miserably failed at, anywhere I’m standing — even, and especially, if that place happens to be within 300 feet of a national cemetery or 150 feet of a road leading into a national cemetery, during the period between an hour before and an hour after a military funeral — is a free speech zone.