Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tragedy and Protest and Tampons

Many of you don't know this, but half of my family is from West Virginia. I am the son of cotton pickers and coal miners and cement pourers and cafeteria workers. Humble beginnings. This is why it saddens me on a deeply personal level to hear that over 2 dozen mine workers were killed Monday during a coal mine explosion.

My heart and prayers and blessings go out to each and every one of these families. I know you Rioters join with me in sending a prayer and blessing to these wonderful people who were just trying to provide for their families. May the open arms of the Mother welcome them home.

In even worse news: I'm late in reporting this, because I didn't really know much about the story until today. A man named Albert Snyder is the father of 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, a Marine who gave his life in service to this country. Young Snyder died in Iraq in 2006 and was buried by his family here in the US. At his funeral protesters lined the streets holding signs claiming that Matthew Snyder would burn in hell and that he deserved to die for being in the military.

The picketers drew media coverage, requiring a SWAT team to come in just so the funeral could happen, as they held their signs not 30 feet from the church. Snyder took them to court, won a $5 million dollar victory, only to have it all taken away by a federal appeals judge who felt the protests were protected under the 1st amendment. Free speech.

Now Albert Snyder has to pay $16,000 in court costs for the protesters. Yep, he owes thousands of dollars to the people who protested his son's funeral, to the people who said his son was burning in Hell. Now, of course, there has been a national outcry, with the heartless, conservative talk show host Bill O'Reilly even offering to cover the costs for Snyder. But that's not really the point. How in hell is this free speech? You have to keep a safe distance from abortion clinics by law if you want to protest, but you can sit right next to a church and gravesite and say the deceased is burning in hell for being a soldier?

HOW IS THIS AMERICA IN 2010?!

Joe Scarborough, of Morning Joe, said it best, "On a personal level, I think the hottest parts of hell are reserved for people who use Jesus' life to spread hate." 

How does this federal judge uphold this argument? How does he argue against the legal regulations of time, place, and manner? You can protest all you want, but it needs to be in an appropriate place, time, and manner. Funerals should be - and by time, place, manner regulations ARE - protected against protest. These are sacred times for the family to grieve. 

Let me know your thoughts on any of these issues by emailing IncitingARiotPodcast@gmail.com.

To lighten the mood a bit: Have you seen the following commercials?! It makes me want tampons!

Love and Lyte,

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2 comments:

  1. I'm the granddaughter and niece of two West BY GOD Virginia coal miners. Prayers ascending for all of them, and for their families, and for the entire community.

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  2. I'm from Topeka..
    We talk about lynch mobs, but that'll just make him a martyr....

    Phelps is evil. Pure, unadulterated evil.

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