The church is very wrong, but the decision is legally correct
Were I a prosecutor, I would sorta make it known that I considered the protests to be conduct that would provoke a reasonable person to commit a battery on the protestors....
I believe that ending a funeral protest by physical force should be punishable by a fine up to $10.
The SCOTUS has ruled repeatedly that these powers are not restrained by many of the provisions of the Bill of Rights, e.g. the ability to raise an army by coercion using conscription.
Hate to say it, too, but the ruling is right. They are just not.
This is absolute garbage.
The soldier’s family had won the support of 42 senators and 48 states for its case at the lower court level.
The SC argument on behalf of the “church” was made by an attorney who is the daughter of one of the church’s elders.
There is no possible way a decision against this horrifying and disrespectful harrassment at funerals could ever have been—in theory or practice—construed as “shredding the First Amendment”.
There are hundreds of venues in America through which this church or any other can exercise free speech and proselytize or proclaim their views. They don’t need to torture American families to do it.
Turning a private funeral for a U.S. serviceman killed in action defending the U.S. into a public event or vehicle which somehow has attached to it a “constitutional” responsibility to guarantee “freedom of speech” to anyone who wishes to disrupt it, is tantamount to authorizing and condoning oral vandalism and graffiti wherever and whenever it spontaneously appears.
The SC is now dedicated to convolution of the law and “sticking it” to middle America and anyone else who does not share or will not tolerate elitist values and principles which are at the heart of the left’s continuing attack upon American society from within.
What ever happened to the old charge of “disturbing the peace” or “inciting violence or a riot”? This is absurd and obscene. - I thought people were counter-protesting and blocking these Clinton buddies with support signs and American flags. Someone or group has to be bankrolling these lounge lizards to give the Christian churches a trumped up bad name. They are damned ungodly reprobates!
No problem. Real Americans and Real Christians will defeat the nut cases from WBC. No one expected the courts to get this right.
The ruling that affirms the idiots right to be there also affirms every patriot and Christian right to be there (at the families request) to defend the families of our fallen warriors.
There are far far more of us then the idiots..
I guess the kooks will have to deal with getting their arses kicked at every protest.
Put some real fear into them.
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