A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that pro-lifers who created Wild West-style posters and a Web site targeting abortion doctors are liable because their works were illegal threats and not free speech.
Look, I’m not crazy about wanted posters and targets. But I get nervous when courts start saying your free speech makes others uncomfortable so you don’t get free speech anymore. And not only that, the court is making the pro-lifers pay. The original jury ordered the dozen pro-lifers to pay $108.5 million in punitive damages to four abortion doctors and two clinics who sued, according to the AP.
But what bugs me is that there won’t likely be any scrutiny given to threatening language of liberals. No word yet on whether the Black Panthers putting a bounty on the head of George Zimmerman or Spike Lee tweeting what he thought Zimmerman’s address was will be considered similarly?