The Supreme Court returned an 8 to 1 decision today, in Snyder v. Phelps, C.A. No. 09-751 (March 2, 2011), which held that members of the Westboro Baptist Church had the constitutional right to picket military funerals to express views of “public concern.” Public concern is a term of art used to describe highly protected speech that implicates matters which can be fairly considered as relating to political, social, or other community interests. In this case, the members of Westboro Baptist Church, over a 20 year period of time, have used military funerals as a vehicle to protest and prophesy the judgment of God over the alleged sexual sins of America, principally homosexuality and child abuse in the Catholic church. The Supreme Court’s decision protected, in the absence of reasonable state law restrictions on the time, place, and manner of such protest, signage that expressed among other and equally horrible things, “America is Doomed”; “Pope in Hell”; “Semper Fi Fags”; and “God Hates You.”
I’ll say two things:
1. The Supreme Court largely and likely got it right.
2. Just because you can, doesn’t mean that you should.
Have pity on us.
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Today’s audio here:god Hates You