published Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

High Court sides with church members who picketed Marine's funeral

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting, anti-gay protests outside military funerals.

The court voted 8-1 Wednesday in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. The decision upheld an appeals court ruling that threw out a $5 million judgment to the father of a dead Marine who sued church members after they picketed his son's funeral.

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govless said...

Its a shame that these people got a 8 to 1. shows what America is coming to knowing that man gave his life and they allow people to show him such disrespect. they should pass a law that says you can picket all you want but you have to be 10 miles away from a funeral. how would they feel if we picket their family's funeral and had sign's that said they where hell bound for their life.

March 2, 2011 at 11:49 a.m.
woody said...

I cherish my 1st Amendment rights, as should any other American. However, I also realize that my rights do not usurp another person's rights and that my rights end where another person's rights begin.

It's a shame those eight justices have either forgotten that or need to have it pointed out to them.

There will come a day, Woody

March 2, 2011 at 1:17 p.m.
chattreb said...

Well I guess if they can protest at an American heroes' funeral the Patriot Guard, if invited by the family, still has a right to be there. This is not over yet.

March 2, 2011 at 2:46 p.m.
lkeithlu said...

The 1st amendment still applies even when what another says is insulting. I like the group that blocks the view of such hateful groups with big angel wings. Is that the Patriot Guard?

March 2, 2011 at 2:54 p.m.
cejas29 said...

that is the saddest thing i have ever heard to disrespect someone at there funeral especially when they gave there live for this country....regardless of freedom of speech.... they still deserve respect!!! who cares what their sexuality was. If it doesn't pertain to you or your family then people need to mind their own business... this man still died for your right for freedom!!!

March 2, 2011 at 4:12 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Right wing Supreme Court, right wing hate group. Some justices voted for free speech for an opposing opinion, others not so much.

March 2, 2011 at 9:30 p.m.
SavartiTN said...

I can see where this is going. How will they now differentiate Hate speech from Free speech? The U.S. Supreme Court has now given the go ahead to fill in the blank: "God Loves Dead __"

March 5, 2011 at 8:31 p.m.
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