Palin Misses the Point

So I wrote earlier about Snyder vs. Phelps and how it meant that conservative Christians didn’t have to worry about hate speech laws. Fred Clark, at his new site, said much the same thing:

… this decision sweeps away one of the central fears of opponents of [marriage equality], and so it can also be seen as good news for the politically conservative religious groups who have been in the vanguard of the fight to ensure that GLBT people not be granted equality under the law. The decision proves that their fears are unfounded.

Naturally, what’s the first thing to come out of Sarah Palin’s twitter feed?

Common sense & decency absent as wacko “church” allowed hate msgs spewed@ soldiers’ funerals but we can’t invoke God’s name in public square

I give up. Yes, Sarah, that’s exactly it. Only Phelps gets first amendment protection, no one else. You can tell, because of the eighty or ninety Christians who have been arrested because they dared to utter the name of Jesus outside the local mall.

Could someone explain the first amendment to her again? Speaking slowly and using small words? Maybe hand puppets?

  • UrsaMinor

    Hand puppets, and words of one syllable or less.

  • bigjohn756

    Why is she grimacing like that? Oh, I know! She’s trying to have a thought.

    • claidheamh mor

      Well, the grimace of constipation on her would definitely apply to thoughts.

  • JohnMWhite

    She later went on to make less sense:

    “Obviously my comment meant that when we’re told we can’t say ‘God bless you’ in graduation speeches or pray before a local football game but these wackos can invoke God’s name in their hate speech while picketing our military funerals, it shows ridiculous inconsistency,” Palin told TheDC. “I wasn’t calling for any limit on free speech, and it’s a shame some folks tried to twist my comment in that way. I was simply pointing out the irony of an often selective interpretation of free speech rights.”

    I got that from Salon.com via Right Wing Watch.

    • Len

      I was simply pointing out the irony of an often selective interpretation of free speech rights.

      Wow. The irony of the irony – it burns.

  • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

    Americans: For the love of all that’s sane, please, please, please go out and vote in your elections. The damage that woman would do to your country as president is only rivalled by the damage she’d do to the rest of us.

  • Jim T

    Subscribing to her twitter feed must make you feel like an eliteist

  • Jim T

    I’d feel even smarter if I could spell!

    • trj

      Speling. Who needs it.

      • http://theskippyreview.wordpress.com Skippy

        Sarah Palin certainly doesn’t think she needs it.

        • Clint

          @Skippy: You seem to have three extra words at the end of your sentence…

  • claidheamh mor

    “She seems to have no first language…”
    – Dick Cavett

  • Rumplefugly

    Yes Sarah, we can’t invoke God’s name in the public square. That’s why you’re tweeting this from prison, right?

    Oh wait…

  • Iason Ouabache

    “I was simply pointing out the irony of an often selective interpretation of free speech rights.”

    If she can’t understand the difference between a private person speaking in a public forum and a public employee speaking in a government forum then she should not be allowed anywhere near a seat of power.

    • http://ohmatron.wordpress.com/ Custador

      One reason of many…

    • GBM

      Comments like these are goldmines: either she is stupid enough to believe what she’s saying, and she shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near power for that reason, or she isn’t stupid enough to believe what she’s saying and is simply cynically manipulating people who are, and she shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near power for that reason.

      On the bright side, she’s at -19 favorable/unfavorable in the general public & sinking

      http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/03/few-winning-scenarios-for-gingrich/#more-6872


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