There also has been misunderstanding of the case. While protesting this particular funeral the family wasn't even aware of the presence of the protesters until they were told about it from someone seeing media reports. In no way did they interrupt the services. They had legal permits and stayed within the distances that the permits required them to, I believe it was 1,000 feet. More and more states are putting laws into place about the distance people must stay away from funeral services. The Church may be full of crazies, but they are not stupid and do follow the letter of the law.
The one thing that I have always kept in mind during this case was the fact that I have become involved in going to protests and want my view points to be heard. As an example here are some comments on Huffington Post on this case:
I blame hate speech for the GOP being so radicalized right now.The problem is if I am unwilling to stand for their right to speech and to protest mine will be taken away next. Giving them the right to protest is in no way endorsing what they say, it is just protecting my rights to do the same. If Westboro's right to protest was taken away, someone would be coming for the Tea Party next. Freedom is not free, even the speech you find offensive has the same protections.
Of course, this SCOTUS rules in favor of right wing hate speech. Why would we expect this group to actually come down in favor of common sense. Funny how first amendment protection
s are no longer extended to journalist s and whistleblo wers.
I am so ready for Hate Speech laws.
Gee, maybe the Church is Right.
As much as I hate what these people have to say, which is quite disgusting, I agree with this decision...free speech is free speech, no matter how vile, stupid, and racist. See the Tea Party and many in the conservative party.