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March 03, 2011

Westboro church wins funeral picketing case

To no one's surprise, the US Supreme Court by an 8-1 margin ruled that the Westboro Baptist Church had the right to peacefully picket funerals. This was clearly the correct decision, in my opinion, and what surprises me is that there was even one dissenter (Justice Alito).

I don't know why people keep taking this church to court. It only gives them the publicity they crave and makes them into First Amendment martyrs. Their First Amendment rights should not be violated just because we do not like what they say.

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anyone find irony in the fact as of now, gays are not allowed openly in the military, but the reason they are protesting is because they represent a country that allows gays to be open?

Posted by eric on March 8, 2011 05:55 PM

I suppose their irony-meter broke.

Posted by Jared A on March 9, 2011 03:50 PM

It's pretty disrespectful to picket such a personal moment as a funeral for the family but the 1st amendment is pretty clear that they can legally do it.

Posted by Frank on April 13, 2011 10:19 AM