Todd Hartley: I’m With Stupid
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Boy, there are douche bags, and then there’s Greg Fultz of Alamogordo, N.M. This 35-year-old just might be the biggest a-hole on the planet who doesn’t have a bomb strapped to his chest.
Fultz, as some of you may know, is the guy who bought billboard space on Alamogordo’s White Sands Boulevard last month in order to put up a billboard with a picture of himself holding the silhouette of an infant and the words “This Would Have Been A Picture Of My 2-Month-Old Baby If The Mother Had Decided To Not KILL Our Child!” Needless to say, Fultz and his vindictive little stunt have touched off a firestorm of controversy.
Fultz’s ex-girlfriend, one Nani Lawrence, has sued Fultz for harassment and violation of privacy, but she may have a hard time winning the case. As Fultz’s attorney, Todd Holmes, correctly points out, the billboard is most likely protected under the First Amendment and the right to free speech. As a precedent, Holmes has cited the recent Supreme Court case involving the Westboro Baptist Church.
The WBC, for those who don’t remember, is the anti-gay Topeka, Kan., church whose members drive around the country picketing the funerals of American soldiers and gay murder victims with signs that read “God Hates Fags,” “Thank God for 9/11” and other hateful things. Earlier this year, in an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the WBC’s actions are indeed a form of protected free speech.
(Note to Fultz: The moment you associate yourself with the WBC, who are just about the only people in America who can match you on the douchiness scale, you’ve pretty much ensured that you will find very few sympathetic ears to hear your side of the story.)
Fultz’s supporters also claim the billboard doesn’t constitute harassment because it doesn’t mention Nani Lawrence by name, but words across the bottom of the billboard read, “Created for: N.A.N.I. – National Association for Needful Information.” N.A.N.I., in case you’re wondering, is an organization of Fultz’s creation that doesn’t actually exist.
The billboard originally had two other endorsements, as well. One, GEFNET, is Fultz’s computer/Internet sales and service company. The other, Right to Life New Mexico, rescinded its support and had its logo removed after it was discovered that Lawrence may not have had an abortion after all.
Lawrence, who dated Fultz for six months and lost the baby after the relationship ended, claims she had a miscarriage, and even Fultz admits he isn’t sure whether the fetus was aborted. Of course, that didn’t stop him from assuming it was the case and erecting the world’s most mean-spirited billboard.
A New Mexico court has ordered Fultz to remove the billboard by June 17 or face jail time, an order that Fultz claims is a violation of his civil liberties. Sadly, he may be right. It may be a violation, and the billboard may be allowed to stay, but just to hedge her bet a little, Lawrence has also filed charges of domestic violence against Fultz, hence the threat of jail time. Of course, the domestic violence charges were filed after the billboard went up, so Lawrence may have a hard time making them stick, too.
To me, this whole controversy has little to do with the pro-life/pro-choice debate (especially if it was a miscarriage and not an abortion), and I don’t intend to make it about that, despite the fact that many people on both sides of the issue will see it in those terms. No, this has to do with one man acting like a complete jackass and one woman just trying to defend herself.
I don’t know Nani Lawrence. She may be wonderful person, or she may be a complete monster. I can’t even begin to guess, but I think I can intuit a few things about Fultz, who refers to himself as the “Billboard Guy” on his Facebook page, by his actions.
I assume Fultz is a petty, narcissistic excuse for a human being who erected the billboard much more to draw attention to himself than to spread awareness of fathers’ rights, as he claims. What a shock that a woman wouldn’t want to have a child with a guy like that.
Now, admittedly, I could be wrong about Fultz, just like I could be wrong about the Westboro Baptist Church. Maybe Fultz is a great guy, full of love and goodwill. I kind of doubt it, although it’s seems to me he’s definitely full of something else.
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