Editor Manteca Bulletin,
Freedom of speech has gone too far this week. I was driving down Louise Avenue with my children in my car. My daughter noticed a man in a white pickup that was looking in our car and laughing. As he pulled up even with me, I looked over and he yelled towards my car; “Is your son a Marine?” I responded, “Yes”, being a proud mom.
His next comment stunned me beyond all belief. I couldn’t imagine what would possess a man to say: “I hope your son dies in Iraq” to a mother or anyone for that matter. He then sped up and went in a different direction. My son was in the front seat; he served in Iraq for 14 months and only came home by the grace of God. I know that we have the freedom of speech, but when our speech is hateful, you have gone too far. I don’t know who this man was, and I pray I never see him again. You have to be a very sad and lost individual to wish anyone dead; especially our military who put their lives on the line everyday so evil people like this man can speak his mind. I would like to make it known that I don’t think ill of this man, I pray that one day God will change his heart and he will understand how much that comment has hurt my son who is a proud Marine.
God Bless America.
June 19, 2009