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Sarah Palin Confused About her Rights as she Slams Supreme Court’s Westboro Ruling

(Photo: Roger H. Goun)

Sarah Palin expressed her indignation at yesterday’s US Supreme Court decision, Snyder v. Phelps, that backed the controversial Westboro Baptist Church’s right to picket the funerals of slain US troops and others with extremely offensive, anti-gay signs. Writing for the majority in the 8-1 ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts declared that “speech is powerful. It can stir people to action, move them to tears of both joy and sorrow, and—as it did here—inflict great pain. On the facts before us, we cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker. As a Nation we have chosen a different course—to protect even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that we do not stifle public debate.”

But Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate, didn’t see it that way. “Common sense & decency absent as wacko ‘church’ allowed hate msgs spewed@ soldiers’ funerals but we can’t invoke God’s name in public square,” she tweeted. Not only was Palin bewildered by the ruling, she also seems to be confused about her rights. For someone who is constantly singing the praises of the Constitution, she sure doesn’t seem to have a very firm grasp of its content. Nowhere in the document does it say Sarah Palin, or any other American  for that matter, can’t “invoke God’s name in the public square.” In fact, the word God never appears in the document.

If the Constitution isn’t stopping Sarah Palin from “invoking God’s name in the public square,” then what is? Like Palin, I haven’t got a clue. She’s as free to go ga ga over god as the Westboro douchebags are to picket funerals, and I guarantee she’ll cause a whole lot less of a stink when she does. Of course, this isn’t the first time Palin has revealed her ignorance via social media outlets. And it won’t be the last. But that probably won’t matter much. The tens of millions of Americans who are praying for Palin to enter the 2012 Presidential race are even more clueless than she is. To them, she’s a veritable genius, way smarter than our  current Harvard Law School-graduating President. Welcome to the idiocracy, folks.

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