Court’s ruling in funeral protest case restates First Amendment principles


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UP date 02/03/2011

Here we go again, OUR Government is sticking it to the Americans again, it is called Obama’s LAW. (Do on to the American people before they can stop you.)

And these people are an other form of TERRORIST backed by our Government.

These are the type of people who are destroying this Country for the sake of fame and publicity, and although, they are nothing but terrorists that this Country promotes and backs, because they don’t have the backbone to stand up to these terrorists.

This group is doing just as much damage to this Country as the world terror group, they preach the BIBLE. but do they do as it says AN EYE FOR AN EYE, A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH, NO, they are cowards and don’t practice what they preach.

Here are some videos to see just how much they are against the U.S an ALL Americans and just think and backed by OUR OWN Government, who even lets them deface OUR FLAG which stands for FREEDOM.

http://news.yahoo.com/video/us-15749625/westboro-church-verdict-amplifies-their-message-24387934

In this video shows one person standing on the flag: http://news.yahoo.com/video/politics-15749652/father-speaks-out-after-court-allows-funeral-protests-24399488

http://news.yahoo.com/video/politics-15749652/supreme-court-rules-in-favor-of-controversial-church-24394472

http://news.yahoo.com/video/politics-15749652/grieving-mom-saddened-by-westboro-ruling-24391485

[As appalling as most Americans would find these protests, the Supreme Court in an 8-1 decision found that the picketers could not be successfully sued because the protests were protected by the First Amendment.]

So if this law stands like they say, that means that they can NO longer ENFORCE, hate, or harassment, if you are on public property and 1000 feet away from who you are doing it to, and stand on your FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS, as long as you are doing it peacefully.

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By Yahoo! News

By Ken Paulson
President, the First Amendment Center

Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to back the right of a small Kansas church to protest outside military funerals is shocking—and not surprising at all.

The shocking part stems from what many Americans no doubt see as the sheer ugliness of the protests of Pastor Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church. This is a group that has protested homosexuality in American society, particularly in the military, by carrying such signs as “God hates the U.S.A./Thank God for 9/11” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.”

The church’s strategy is to stage protests at high visibility funerals, drawing media attention and gaining a platform for their views. The family of slain Marine Matthew Snyder sued church members for intentionally inflicting emotional distress after they picketed at his funeral. As appalling as most Americans would find these protests, the Supreme Court in an 8-1 decision found that the picketers could not be successfully sued because the protests were protected by the First Amendment.

As it turns out, this wasn’t a stretch at all for the Supreme Court. Although Chief Justice John Roberts describes it as a “narrow decision,” the Supreme Court merely applied longstanding principles from earlier cases, rendering a verdict that breaks no new ground and merely restates what has been said a number of times.
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“As a nation we have chosen…to protect even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that we do not stifle public debate,” Roberts wrote.

Here were the key factors in the court’s decision in the Westboro case:

The protests were on public property and concerned public issues: The church members stood on public land a thousand feet from the church where the funeral was held. As hateful as the signs were, they addressed such topics as homosexuality in society, military policy and alleged misconduct by the Catholic Church. All of those subjects are matters for public debate.

The protest was peaceful: While government can’t punish free speech, it does have the power to limit disruptive actions. The picketers never stepped on the church property or engaged in violence. Instead, they sang hymns and read from the Bible.

The protesters followed the rules: Governments cannot limit what we say, but they can control where we say it. Regulations can be put in place to control the “time, place and manner” of protests as long as all points of view are treated equally. This gives states the right to say how closely protesters can come to a military funeral, and a majority of states have passed legislation to do just that. In this case, the picketers notified authorities in advance and followed all police instructions.

Many Americans will be outraged about the Supreme Court’s decision, but many also will see it as a reaffirmation by the court that all Americans have a right to express their views, popular or otherwise, about matters of public interest. An overriding commitment to freedom of speech—even deeply offensive speech—is at the heart of the court’s decision, and of the First Amendment.

Visit the First Amendment Center Online for more information on the First Amendment.

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