The big news story amongst parts of BlogWorld these days involves a Baptist pastor getting hisself cross-threaded with the US Border Patrol and the Arizona Department of Public Safety (Highway Patrol).
As most long-term readers of The LawDog Files know, I really don't like checkpoints, and ordinarily I'd be jumping for joy at the chance of check-points taking a black eye in court.
Unfortunately, Pastor Steven Anderson is -- how do I put this politely -- one of those People What Should Go Play In Traffic.
Now, understand that everyone has rights under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution -- no matter how loathsome, weird, intolerant, hateful (or in the case of Pastor Stevens, all at once) they may be -- but Goddess knows, the icky details make it damned hard to find a sympathetic jury.
We won't even get to the part about where the good pastor posted videos of his intentions to provoke an incident with the Border Patrol on his YouTube account.
Pastor Stevens has the right to believe that the magazine "Ladies Home Journal" is pornography. This in no way affects his rights against unlawful search or seizure.
Pastor Stevens has the right to hate homosexuals -- as long as he doesn't act on that belief, or encourage others to act on that belief. It makes him an intolerant hateful arse-milliner, but it doesn't invalidate his rights under the Fourth Amendment.
He has the right to refuse to vaccinate his children, he can believe that male gynecologists are going to hell, that women wearing pants are an abomination to his Lord -- has has the right to believe these things and such belief in no way has a whit to do with his rights under the Fourth Amendment.
He can even believe that America is going to hell because men aren't peeing on walls anymore.
I'd dearly love to link that video because it simply must be comedy gold, but wee pulpit-banging Anderson has gotten bitten by the common-sense bug and has removed that video from YouTube.
(Google, however, doesn't forget. Enter "Steven Anderson" and "peeing", if you're curious.)
His sermons, though somewhat ... squicky ... do not invalidate his Constitutionally-guaranteed rights.
On the other paw, however ...
... why did it have to be a gay-bashing, misogynistic, neo-Luddite Shi'a-Baptist Neandertal with a fixation on gynecologists and a fetish for wall-whizzing?
This is what we get to challenge check-point laws with? This is what we get to show to a jury?
Sweet shivering Shiva.
Hey, Lord, if You're listening, would You mind preserving me from some of Your followers?