Snyder vs. Phelps -- Regardless of what you think of Phelps' demonstrations or gay rights, do you think the 1st Amendment should protect Phelps' rights to outrageous demonstration at US soldiers' funerals?
Snyder v. Phelps was heard by the Supreme Court today. Phelps, formerly an attorney who was disbarred for badgering and hazing a witness on the stand, then turned his attention to preaching. He founded the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka Kansas. He and his church have made themselves both famous and infamous for attending the funerals of fallen US Soldiers shouting insults at the grieving family and friends and wielding signs thanking God for the soldiers death. The church is so outraged by US tolerance for gays and abortion that they applaud any and all disasters that befall US citizens and the soldiers that defend them.
But however you may feel about the issues the Westboro Church protests and the methods they use to protest them, how far do you think the First Amendment guarantee to freedom of speech should go? How odious must speech and behavior get before we draw the line?