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US Court Rules For Military Funeral Protesters - Westboro 8 , America 1
indychannel ^ | UPDATED: 11:12 am EST March 2, 2011

Posted on 03/02/2011 8:32:21 AM PST by InvisibleChurch

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the free speech provisions of the U.S. Constitution protect fundamentalist church members who mount anti-gay protests outside military funerals, despite the pain they cause grieving families.

The court voted 8-1 in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church. The decision upheld an appeals court ruling that threw out a $5 million judgment to the father of a dead Marine who sued church members after they picketed his son's funeral.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion for the court. Justice Samuel Alito dissented.

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To: trumandogz

You argue just like a liberal, full of absolutist sophistry.

I did not propose to silence the church.

Numerous venues exist for it to spew its brand of invective in many different ways.

No one can dispute that fact.

What I said in my post was that no church or any person should have a court-sanctioned right, under the guise of a “constitutional authorization”, to trespass upon the funeral services of ANY American and to direct toward the participants of that service (as a captive audience) a DISRUPTIVE and DISRESPECTFUL verbal tirade, the subject of which has nothing whatsoever to do with the bereaved family or the party who has lost their life in the defense of their country.

What the hell is wrong with people like you who elevate an absolutist perversion of the concept of free speech above and beyond the respect that we as a society and as a Christian nation OWE to those among us who have lost a loved one and are in the process of GRIEVING and placing that loved one to rest?

Why should a perverse and INFANTILE “right” to an absolute and unfettered freedom of speech trump the rights of others to peaceably and respectfully assemble to bury their dead?

Can you now burst into a church during a service and begin railing against the priest and the congregation any time you wish?

Can you now burst into a session of Congress and yell and scream at all of the representatives from the gallery above anytime you wish?

Can you now burst into a business and begin to harangue the employees anytime you wish?

Can you now surround my truck on the interstate when I am stopped in a traffic jam and can’t move away from you and force me to listen to your tirade as a captive audience?

You think this is really what “free speech” is all about?

God help you!


41 posted on 03/02/2011 9:56:50 PM PST by 4Runner
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To: InvisibleChurch
Gotta love Alito.Shook up the Obama “State of the Union”last year.:)”Obama criticized the Supreme Court's ruling last week that corporations can spend as much money as they want on political campaigns, saying it will “open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations.”

As Obama said this, Alito could be seen shaking his head and saying, “not true.”I added Obama to the sentence.http://www.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2010/01/obama-vs-alito-face-off-at-the-state-of-the-union/1

42 posted on 03/02/2011 10:13:15 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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