The Westboro Baptist Church, aka “the Phelpsians,” infuriated the Left and Right by disrupting services for fallen soldiers with anti-gay chants, epithets and signs. Now Black Lives Matter is adopting that despicable groups’ tactics and ethics. If you are surprised, you haven’t been paying attention.
On May 7, fallen police officers were finally honored on Capitol Square in Madison, Wisconsin at the Law Enforcement Memorial. For most of 2020 and 2021, law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty couldn’t be properly remembered because of pandemic restrictions
As reported by Madison’s WEAU-TV, six names were added to the honor roll last week as law enforcement officers and their families gathered in the square to see those heroes added to the 285 names already on the memorial. The governor and attorney general joined a police procession as the ceremony began. But minutes into the event, Black Lives Matter protesters began disrupting it and talking over the speakers . A protester with a bullhorn began shouting, “Do you support Black Lives Matter?” “How come the African-American national anthem wasn’t played?” a heckler added, in one of the more civil exclamations. “I’m begging you motherfuckerers to stop killing people that look like me!” was more typical. Rap music with lyrics like “fuck the police” was playing during a moment of silence. A pastor began to deliver a prayer, and she was booed. A protester yelled, “Murderers!”as she finished.
The courts have determined that such harassment is constitutionally protected as expressive speech: Black Lives Matter can thank the Phelpsians for that, as well as for perfecting their tactics. But both the Westboro Baptist Church and BLM exemplify the abuse of free speech, and demonstrate by their hateful and cruel behavior their deep, deep ethics rot. One group was dedicated to anti-gay bigotry; the other is advancing an anti-white, anti-police, anti-rule of law and anti-America agenda. The Phelpsians were marginal and more of an irritation than anything else. Black Lives Matter, in contrast, has a street with block letters honoring it in the middle of the nation’s capitol. Its name was emblazoned across the Fenway Park bleachers last baseball season, and featured on every NBA court. The Democratic National Committee and the current Vice-President of the United States cheered on their riots, which cost billions.
The Phelpsians were mocked and derided in the media, and condemned without exception by all but the most bigoted and hateful. And they were better—less dangerous, , less threatening and less pervasive—than Black Lives Matter. The conduct both groups embrace is signature significance for unethical people who respect nothing except their own narrow perception of how the world is and should be. Such fanatics cannot be argued with or compromised with; they believe that their ends justify any means, including lies, intimidation and violence, and have demonstrated that they will exploit any submissive responses by authorities by becoming increasingly unreasonable and destructive
If the now dormant Phelpsians were enemies of decent society, and they were, BLM is more hostile still. Its gullible enablers need to have their metaphorical faces held down into the vile mess the cynical, Marxist movement is making, like puppies failing house training. They must accept responsibility for siccing a super-charged version of the Westboro Baptist Church on the U.S., and accept that every bit of passive acceptance going forward is the equivalent of applauding Fred Phelps’ vicious family.
No love was given to Wisconsin’s liberal governor, Tony Evers, either. According to Wisconsin Right Now, when he was announced, one protester yelled, “We don’t like Gov. Evers!” through a megaphone
If you choose to watch the full ceremony — it’s almost 40 minutes long and painful in the disrespect that was shown — you’ll hear one thing over and over again from the disruptors: “We have a right to protest!”
Whether or not one has a right to protest and whether or not that protest is appropriate or productive are two different matters. In this case, protesters descended upon an event where the families of fallen police officers were gathered and, among other things, disrupted the ceremony by playing rap music with “f*** the police, f*** the police” in the lyrics. What change was this supposed to produce?
For that matter, what did these officers have to do with the grievances the protesters had?
On the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial’s Facebook page, the death of officer Mark S. Lentz was described.
“On August 3, 2017, Officer Lentz, while attempting to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation, a second vehicle intentionally struck Officer Lentz’s marked police motorcycle from behind. The driver of the second vehicle was an acquaintance of the driver of the first vehicle and was helping his friend avoid being stopped in a stolen vehicle,” the post read. “Officer Lentz remained under medical care until passing, on September 18, 2019, due to complications related to his injury.”
Then there was Dane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Richard C. Treadwell: “Deputy Treadwell was assigned to the Dane County Law Enforcement Training Center, where he contracted COVID-19. Deputy Treadwell died on August 22, 2020, due to complications of COVID-19. Deputy Treadwell served with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office for 25 years.”
But no: This was the perfect opportunity to protest police brutality, at an event celebrating the lives of men and women who died serving us, and all in the presence of the friends, family and colleagues of these fallen heroes. These are the people who deserve to be called “murderers,” according to the protesters.