When a trusted Riptide reader emailed me this detestable flyer (below) to post, I did not hesitate even though I deplore everything the flyer stands for: hate and prejudice. I believe that sunlight is the best antiseptic for hate speech. I believe in letting evil speak for itself, and in letting our readers see the real face of intolerance that unfortunately is still very much alive in this country. If you don't believe me, just look at recent election returns outside the Bay Area. So when several other Riptide readers asked me why I posted this flyer, I told them that we are a news medium like any other, and that we have a duty to report the news, good and bad, and let our readers be the judge. And I think my headline on this post says pretty clearly how I feel about Westboro Baptist Church and its ministry of fear.
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