In response to the Supreme Court’s 8-1 decision yesterday in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church’s right to protest, Governor Palin tweeted:
Common sense & decency absent as wacko “church” allowed hate msgs spewed@ soldiers’ funerals but we can’t invoke God’s name in public square
This tweet was misinterpreted by many news outlets, and it was taken grossly out-of-context by Judson Phillips of the Tea Party Nation, as Doug addressed quite well earlier today, to mean that Governor Palin disagreed with the decision. Governor Palin has been a strong proponent of first amendment rights, supporting even people who have been critical of her like liberal commentator, Juan Williams.
Governor Palin shared further thoughts on the Surpreme Court’s decision with the Daily Caller to state she supports freedom of speech, but wished to call out the double standards of what speech is allowed and disallowed:
Her quote was interpreted by many news outlets, including The Daily Caller, to mean that she disagreed with the Supreme Court’s ruling, although in a new statement exclusive to TheDC, Palin said she agreed with the ruling in favor of the church.
“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.”
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