Westboro Church still allowed to picket and hate

Which is as it should be, I guess. It’s tacky and it’s appalling, but they have a right to voice their opinions (or wave their signs) just like the rest of us have the right to call them every horrible name in the book because of it. From the National Post:

Phelps was sued several years ago for defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of distress by the father of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, who died in Iraq in 2006 — and was not gay.

According to the Supreme Court decision, the Westboro Baptists picketed Matthew Snyder’s funeral, carrying signs with slogans including “God Hates the USA/Thank God for 9/11,” “America is Doomed, “Fag Troops,” and “You’re going to hell.”

But they picketed peacefully and with police permission on private land about 300 meters from the Maryland church where the funeral was held, the decision says.

While the signs “fall short of refined social or political commentary… they reflect the fact that the church finds much to condemn in modern society,” the justices said, characterizing the Westboro Baptist Church’s message as “speech on a matter of public concern.”

“The funeral setting does not alter that conclusion,” the decision added.

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