The 1st Amendment, Hate and Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church

By now, you probably recognize some of those hateful messages from Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church. In 2006, Phelps and his followers displayed those lovely signs and more while picketing the funeral of fallen Marine Matthew Snyder. Yesterday, ruling on the lawsuit against Phelps and his church filed in response, the Supreme Court upheld the church's right to protest in an 8-1 decision. ...more

Jehovah's Witnesses instigated court decisions in 1942 which involved cursing a police officer ...more

Don't Ask Don't Tell Is Dead. I Didn't Think It Would Happen.

This weekend I should have bought a lottery ticket. I saw things I never thought I'd see. First, I finally got to see the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Then, my son cleaned his room. Oh and then the Senate voted to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. I didn't think it would happen....more

Great post! Thanks for reminding us that this is NOT the end of inequality for gays in the ...more

Heather Has Two Mommies & Two Daddies: Time for the Law to Evolve

Extending parental privileges to third parties can be a good thing. Of course, with the privileges of parenthood come the responsibilities, including financial responsibilities. But I think that having more people financially and emotionally responsible for the well being of a child could be a wonderful thing. ...more

I am excited to see third party parenting rights coming to life. Mine is a blended marriage, ...more

Welcome to the New Normal: Military Life in 2010

I grew up in the military. My father was a career Air Force officer, so I've never known a life without uniforms, parental absences or jet noise. For me, a jet flying overhead is not a source of fear (think post-9/11 in DC or New York), but one of overwhelming pride. Our country is far from perfect, but it takes a special person to agree to defend it with your life. And it takes a special person to love someone you know can never put family before country. ...more

It was nice to read where another spouse has the same basic feelings. My husband has been ...more

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Ruled Unconstitutional: Big Surprise

The Department of Defense has not handled Don't Ask, Don't Tell well. In case you've been living under a rock, DADT is the official military policy on gays and lesbians in the military. Under federal law, gays are prohibited from openly disclosing their sexual orientation while serving in the U.S. armed forces. Make no mistake. Gays are definitely serving in the military right now. They just have to lie to everyone about a fundamental part of their lives to do it. ...more

You are right on with this post. The DADT spending more money on worthlessness is something not ...more

Defending Intolerance: Terry Jones and the Quran

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard the news. In a naked reach for publicity, Terry Jones, the pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Florida, announced that his church plans to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of September 11th. ...more

What I can not understand is why have the Arabs. November terrorists do not hate Arabs. ...more

My Brother Is in the Army, and I Am His Next of Kin

If something happens to B., mine is the number they'll call. A car will pull up in front of my house, an officer in Army green will step out and walk up my driveway and ring my doorbell. My world is the one that will tip on its axis first. I will have to call B's girlfriend, his aunts and uncles. His grandparents. Our parents. ...more

Judy - Amen!