Now I know how Larry Flynt's lawyer must have felt

Because I find myself in the distressing position of agreeing with one of the odious Phelps family.

OMAHA, Neb. - A member of the Kansas group that has drawn criticism for protesting at soldiers’ funerals has been arrested for letting her 10-year-old son stomp on a U.S. flag during a demonstration. She promised Wednesday to challenge the state’s flag desecration law in court.

Shirley Phelps-Roper, 49, will be charged with flag mutilation, disturbing the peace and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov said Wednesday.

Phelps-Roper, a member of the Westboro Baptist Church, acknowledged that she allowed her son Jonah to stand on the flag Tuesday — something she says is protected by the U.S. Constitution.

And she's right, so far as I understand the concept of protected protest and free speech. I think she's a chickenshit for not standing on the flag herself instead of having her son do it, but the principle Larry Flynt so famously put forward is true: "If the First Amendment will protect a scumbag like me, then it will protect all of you."

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