Random thoughts from a cynical optimist.
Um… no, Sue was creepy. She wasn’t just looking up to Blythe, she was emulating her. Big difference.
LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW COMPLETELY OVERLOOKED “RUSSELL UP SOME FUN” IS
This is something I feel I need to respond to, since I think many fail to understand how freedom works.
Rights don’t exist to protect what’s popular.
If the only reason to restrict this kinda action is because it upsets someone, or someone doesn’t like it, or finds it disgusting. Then freedom means nothing. Because rights and freedoms are designed to protect exactly the things we don’t like.
When was the last time you heard someone threaten to censor Micky Mouse?
I’m not trying to make the slippery slope argument here, that’s not what I’m saying. I’m arguing for equality of reason. You can’t cherry pick laws and morality. You can’t say, Well, this is okay, but this isn’t. Even though they have the same impact.
A lot of things upset a lot of people. We can’t restrict those things for that reason. So it’s a bad reason.
I completely agree that protesting someone’s funeral isn’t right. And I also think that if someone I cared about had picketers outside their funeral, that’d piss me off.
However, arresting someone for doing it would be just as wrong.
They aren’t hurting anybody, or restricting their rights. So why should we restrict theirs?
While it’s true that they can still say whatever they want, just at a different location, the location is part of the message, you can’t take that away from them.
Besides, when someone pickets outside a funeral, all you have to do is point at them and scream, “Look at these assholes! They’re complete assholes! Ha ha! You asshole!”
Someone please explain to me why it would be bad to make it illegal to, VERY SPECIFICALLY, picket / protest funerals and memorial services. I want to protect freedom of speech, but the very idea fuels me with such rage that I’m having trouble handling it. If someone close to me died and people were protesting their funeral, my reaction would probably land me in jail.