Sequel to Snyder v Phelps: More speech

by on November 11, 2010  •  In Supreme Court

There's a First Amendment cliche that the best response to offensive speech is more speech. That doesn't always do the trick in real life, but it seems to have prompted an appropriate reaction to the loony Fred Phelps/Westboro Church crew who show up at (straight) service member's funerals with signs proclaiming that the death was God's punishment for America's tolerance of homosexuality. One decedent's father sued Phelps, and the case is now in the Supreme Court.

In the meantime, though, other groups have started turning up at these funerals to out-demonstrate the Phelps crew. (This is made easier by the fact that the entire congregation of the Westboro Church consists of members of the Phelps family.) The photo below shows a bikers club in Missouri standing between the Phelps contingent and the curb, blocking sight of them by persons attending the funeral.

Westboro Church


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