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Legal doesn't make it moral

Published April 24. 2010 09:00AM

Dear Editor:

I read the article in Saturday's Times News about the fathers court battle with protestors at his son's funeral with great consternation and outrage. At the funeral of a young Marine killed in Iraq, members of the Westboro Baptist Church carried signs that read "Thank God for Dead Soldiers", "Semper Fi Fags" and " You are going to Hell".

As reprehensible as these actions are, the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the protestors broke no laws and the protest was ruled legal and protected by the Free Speech Amendment to the US constitution.

As I contemplated this absurdness of this decision, other thoughts occurred to me:

• CEO's of large corporations using Taxpayers Bailout money for their own bonuses and "Golden Parachutes"

• Politicians granting themselves huge retirement and healthcare benefits and not subjecting themselves to the laws they pass for their constituents.

• Psycopathic child Abusers released or not being prosecuted due to paperwork errors or technocalities.

The protests and other thoughts mentioned all have 3 things in common:

1. The ethics and morality are questionable.

2. They are an affront to common decency.

3. They are legal.

I can think of many ways to correct these "difficulties" that are moral, decent and just, but probably would not stand up in court as legal.

So, the next time you read about an action or decision that is "legal" does not necessarily mean that it is moral, ethical or right.

Just ask any Jim Thorpe Area custodian.

Dave Meeker

Jim Thorpe

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