Goddamnit! As if I needed another reason to hate the Westboro Baptist Church, now I have to go and be happy that they won a case protecting their Constitutional right to be obnoxious, hate-filled, media-whoring trolls? Why do you make me support you, Fred Phelps?! Why?!?!
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting, anti-gay protests outside military funerals.
The court voted 8-1 in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. The decision upheld an appeals court ruling that threw out a $5 million judgment to the father of a dead Marine who sued church members after they picketed his son's funeral…
"What Westboro said, in the whole context of how and where it chose to say it, is entitled to 'special protection' under the First Amendment," [Chief Justice John] Roberts wrote, "and that protection cannot be overcome by a jury finding that the picketing was outrageous."
Ugh! It could have gone worse. They could have lost. I think that being happy they won is better than being sad they lost. In a weird way. Then I'd probably feel compelled to defend them. Then people who feel the same way as me — but are less lazy — would probably feel compelled to go out and protest the Phelps' lost right to protest. And that would get very confusing.
It would be so much nicer to have one set of rules for people we like and another set for people we hate.
I think I'm actually starting to see the appeal of the Tea Party movement.
Tags: Bill of Rights, Christianity, Constitution, Fred Phelps, John Roberts, Military, Protesters, Religion, Westboro Baptist Church