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The New York Times
Wed, March 02, 2011 — 11:12 AM ET

Protests at Military Funerals Are Protected Speech, Justices Rule

The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that protests and picketing at military funerals are protected by the First Amendment’s free-speech guarantee, taking precedence over the mourners’ right to privacy.

The court decided 8-1 to uphold a lower court decision in favor of members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., who frequently stage protests at private military funerals to promote the church’s claim that God is angry at America for its tolerance of homosexuality, with signs bearing messages like “Thank God for Dead Soldiers,” “You’re Going to Hell” and “God Hates the USA.”

The ruling was a defeat for Albert Snyder, the father of a Marine killed in Iraq in 2006, whose funeral at a Catholic church in Westminster, Md., was picketed by the Westboro group.

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These people claim to be Christian, there is nothing Christ like about their conduct. Christ raised the dead, he healed sick people, he RELIEVED suffering. He wept when he saw others grieving their dead loved ones. He healed the servant of a Roman Military Officer. They are more like the Pharisees of whom Jesus said, “You are from your father the Devil.” The Devil delights in death and suffering.

They are also saying that God, who created the world, who made the heavens with all the stars. Millions of powerful angels, one of whom was able to kill 185,000 Assyrians in one night, who rained fire and sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah needs other country’s soldiers to express his displeasure. Not true.