First Word: Community's Overwhelming Response To Westboro Great Example Of 1st Amendment
ST. LOUIS —
The bigots from Westboro "Baptist Church" brought their circus to St. Louis Monday morning to protest the coming-out of a student athlete at the John Burroughs School. The response from the St. Louis community in drowning out their message of hate is a great example of the First Amendment at work.
Lately, we've heard plenty about people at universities, social media companies, etc who have worked to silence people with whom they disagree by working fanatically and loudly to keep them from making appearances or speaking at all. Monday morning, the people who took time to counter-protest Westboro effectively used their First Amendment rights to win the day.
Instead of trying to get Westboro banned or put in jail for their opinions, the community showed up and were just better and louder at delivering their message against the Westboro clowns. That's how the First Amendment works. You get to say your piece, and it holds up or collapses based on your message and how well you deliver it.
Jamie's talking about it in his First Word, ONLY on The Allman Report on ABC 30 St. Louis