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Westboro Baptist Church and Heath Ledger

In the aftermath of the death of actor heath Ledger, the Westboro Baptist Church wasted no time in announcing that it would be protesting outside his funeral. The group featured in a high profile Louis Theroux documentary a couple of years ago – ‘The Most Hated Family in History’. The Westboro press release can be viewed at: http://www.godhatesfags.com/written/fliers/20080122_heath-ledger-brokeback-mountain.pdf

Because edger appeared in Brokeback Mountain he has will apparently be burning in hell. There is no doubt in my mind that this is a family of cranks who preach hate but UK proposals on inciting hatred because of someones sexual orientation would make similar action in the UK illegal. Whilst I find the group offensive I am uneasy about banning forms of speech and expression because we find it offensive. Particularly when it is the state that judges what is offensive.

You can view the Louis Theroux documentary in full at: http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-4413388146858417528

Let them protest, but let them be marginalised and drowned out by the fans.
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One comment on “Westboro Baptist Church and Heath Ledger

  1. Sean Hennelly
    February 12, 2008

    Wanna see something absolutely awful?http://www.westborobaptistchurch.com/written/fliers/20080128_heath-ledger-family-open-letter.pdfBy the way the first link didn’t work…

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