As a broadcaster, I'm a firm believer in the right of free speech and the protection afforded us by the First Amendment. It gives the public a powerful tool in holding the government accountable and encourages the free exchange of ideas. But I don't believe it's a blanket protection. Too many times, groups hide behind it in order to verbally assault others. Such is the case with Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas-based group that protests at the funerals of service members. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled they can continue this obscene practice of exploiting grief for their own publicity. Make no mistake—the Westboro Baptist Church only cares about one thing—and it has nothing to do with religion. They are publicity-seeking bullies who realized a long time ago that any kind of publicity—good or bad—is still publicity. And the more disgusting your actions, the more likely you are to get noticed. I wish they'd go away but until they do, all I can do is use MY First Amendment right to give you my opinion of them. I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's my take. What's yours?
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