The US Supreme Court heard arguments today regarding the rights of protesters, and how far the right of freedom of speech extends.
The Westboro Baptist Church protested at the military funeral of a soldier slain in the Iraq war, holding signs that said, “God hates you” and “God hates dead soldiers”.
Albert Snyder, the soldier’s father, argued that the protesters had invaded his privacy, and deliberately caused emotional stress to Snyder and his family. The protesters countered that they were exercising their right to free speech on a matter of public debate, the Iraqi war.
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Locally, WRGB, Ch. 6, in Albany reported on this story, as arguments were heard in Supreme Court on Wednesday, Oct. 6. According to WRGB, members from the Westboro Baptist Church turned out ahead of the arguments on Wednesday, waving signs in front of the court. CBS asked Westboro member Shirley Phelps-Roper what gave her the right to protest in front of someone's funeral, and she replied, "Do you understand what a public right of way is? What gives you the right to cover that funeral? What gives you the right to run a news story about it? I'll tell you. Pick me. The first stinking amendment."