The gavel has struck and the Supreme Court has made its official ruling deciding in favor of an infamous anti-gay hate group. The Westboro Baptist Church will be allowed to continue picketing and protesting the funerals of American service members who died to protect those including the hatemonger’s themselves. The Supreme Court upheld in an 8-to-1 decision a lower-court’s ruling to throw out a lawsuit filed against Westboro by the father of an American Marine who had died serving his country. Amongst other things the Supreme Court ruled:
“…such speech cannot be restricted simply because it is upsetting or arouses contempt.”
Secondly, this case establishes a new precedent. From the second I seen the news article’s title--the hairs on the back of neck stood up. Let’s face it. Aside from Jihadists and suicide bombers--Westboro is pretty much as whacked and evil as they come. I knew that they would take this court victory as a major stepping stone to revving up their activity and media presence. Once the army has the hill why would they strive to take it again? They wouldn’t. They’d continue on and take the town. This is exactly what Westboro is going to do. They know they can already get away with protesting military funerals free of civil or criminal repercussions. That line has been drawn. Now they’re going to see how far they can push that line.
Right now as it is, these protestors have to stay 1000 feet from the actual site of the funeral on the basis that the burial grounds and funerals take place on private property (or private property with public access) that will not allow permit appearance of freak shows like Westboro. Watch these psychotic nut jobs try and get closer to the site because they have “legal protection”. Watch them become louder because they have “legal protection”. Watch them become more aggressive because they have “legal protection”.
Watch the lawyers line-up to represent these people. Don't think they'll do it? Think again.
They have a citable precedent to prove their case now. Lawyers want to make names for themselves. Just ask the Fieger's and Bernstein's of the world.
“Margie Phelps, a leader of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kans., told reporters there the congregation would “quadruple” the number of its funeral protests as a result of the Supreme Court ruling.”
2.) Fred Phelps and his inbred followers/family/spouse will have a protest on their funerals that’ll wake the dead. In fact it might be a celebration.
Until next time…