To the editor:
I read with some surprise Cal Thomas’ column titled “Phelpses’ speech shouldn’t be protected” (Journal-World March 13).
Thomas showed sensitivity and compassionate understanding for grieving families of fallen American soldiers whose funerals have been picketed by Fred Phelps and members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka. He argued that Phelps should not have constitutional protection of free speech in these activities. He expressed outrage toward Phelps for his preaching of a false religious doctrine of hate of homosexuals that claims any combat-related deaths are God’s punishment for our country’s increasing tolerance of homosexual persons.
Perhaps not as outrageous as Phelps, Thomas has put forth in his columns at times his own irrational and incomprehensible religious blather. In this instance he was 100 percent on target with his criticisms of Phelps.
Congratulations Cal Thomas!