Skip to comments.High court rules for military funeral protesters (Westboro Nuts Win 8-1!?)
Posted on 03/02/2011 7:27:39 AM PST by Pyro7480Edited on 03/02/2011 7:31:23 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
The Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting, anti-gay protests outside military funerals.
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Unbelievable. I fear their decision on ObamaCare. OTOH, we are free to do the same at funerals for Liberals...
So long as these evil anti-American, anti-Christian thugs are on public property, I agree with the Supremes. The WBB thugs have the same constitutional rights as the rest of us. [My solution: use private property rights to restrict them from disturbing decent people to the maximum extent possible, otherwise tolerate them just like we tolerate those who still cheer for Obama. ]
The father will now be liable for the "legal costs" incurred by the WBC in these court actions.
Not sure I would try it unless you wanted to spend a few days in the slammer. The rules are probably different.
We all (atleast I hope we all know) that the Westboro nuts are democrats trying to make Christians look bad. Someone just needs to post the picture of the head of the cult with Algore.
But this goes to the whole slippery slope. If we stop protest (unless fire in a theater) then we are going to lose more rights. Then they will try to shut down FR because of "hate speech", then the tea party, ect.......
So as much as I hate and despise these democrat cultists, the Supreme Court got it right.
Couldn't have said it better myself. The Constitution is what it is.
The vote was 8-1. We don’t always like the rulings but this comes down to freedom of speech. It really couldn’t have gone another way.
I hate to say it, but I agree with you that the USSC got this one right. As long as WBB members are on public land, they have the same rights as the rest of us. I may not like what they say, but I have to agree that they have the right to say it.
That being said, the personal property idea sounds like the best way to go here. I know most people will want to resort to force to stop this bunch, but you can’t fight stupid with stupid. They’ll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience. The better way would be to maneuver them into a position where they can do as little harm as possible and then support the families who are grieving.
Well, they do have the right to do that but what has kept people from doing that in the past is decency, respect and the fear of of a butt whooping by family and friends of the dead something the Westboro bunch don’t seem to have...
When ya think about it, that is only thing that prevents most folks from indiscriminately breaking any of societies taboos.
Those protesters will now be even more hated. They may think they have full license now, but I bet the numbers that protest them will grow even more.
I think I understand the SC’s decision, but what if someone yells “Fire!” in a public place?
Yes, that is what Freedom and 1st Amendment rights is all about....we know the lefties on this court would vote not because of 1st Amendment rights, they voted because of who and what this group is doing and has done...you can bet if it’d been a conservative right wing group those lefties would have voted differently.
Free to do it and doing it are two different thing. I would have absolutely zero respect for anyone that would picket the funeral of anyone. Funerals are not for the dead they are for the living.
That said, I would be in favor of getting in the face of that Westboro Baptist bunch. And I mean getting really in their faces.
Even if the rules were the same for everyone, I still wouldn’t think it right to turn this back on them. We’re Conservatives, this is a Liberal tactic, it may seem like this would be a good way of fighting fire with fire, but the truth is that they would just ratchet up a “gotcha” game and make us out to be the villians.
There are better ways of fighting this bunch, but using their own tactics against them isn’t the way to do it.
Hold a funeral that Westboro is going to protest, move it to private property. The arrest the fools for trespassing when they get well inside of the proerty line.
Well, now the Supreme Court has set precedence with this case...let's see what happens if it does come up - that will be interesting.
while i do not agree with what they were doing I do agree with the ruling.
I would have been very concerned for our future had it had another outcome.
If the court had ruled against them then the left would have used this to attack free speech that they consider anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-leftist.
BTW- they aren’t “fundimentalist church members” the are radical left wing socialists.
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