Has the Supreme Court Met Its Match in Fred Phelps?

Thu, October 7, 2010

Women in Politics

I may be a member of the Supreme Court Bar, but I would not have wanted to be one of the nine justices at the Supreme Court for the arguments in the case between Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church and the family of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder.  The legal issue is whether the group’s anti-gay protest at the funeral of Corporal Snyder, who died in Iraq in 2006 , is protected First Amendment speech or action for which Snyder’s family can sue for damages.

The images say it all in terms of the hate that’s promoted by Phelps and his “congregation” (it’s mostly his family members).

Not pretty pictures, especially the ones with children holding those posters.  Nice family values.  But who should be surprised coming from what one BBC filmmaker has dubbed The Most Hated Family in America.

It’s a hard legal and moral question, and one that I”m talking about this week at my column, Speaker of the House column.

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