Question For SCOTUS: Why Snyder v. Phelps?

Last week in an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court ruled in Snyder v. Phelps in favor of Westboro Baptist Church. These are the crazies at who protest the funerals of soldiers KIA because they believe that God is punishing the U.S. for its leniency towards gays* and, thus, God is allowing soldiers to be killed until the U.S. changes its policies. In fact, they believe that the more soldiers are killed, the better. Utter lunacy.
But this lunacy is protected as free speech. The very soldier whose funeral they are disrupting served and gave his life so that they would have this right.
I get it.
What I don’t get is why SCOTUS even chose to hear this case.
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2 thoughts on “Question For SCOTUS: Why Snyder v. Phelps?

  1. John Smith says:

    I disagree. I think that they are abusing their right to free speech. I think it is wrong to allow a hate group to spread their hate at a funeral and intentionally cause emotional distress. I do not think Jesus agrees with the Supreme Court’s decision.

  2. Joe says:

    Some are writing that it’s a scam to make money via lawsuits: http://blog.stanfordreview.org/2010/01/28/countdown-to-westboro-baptist-church-at-stanford-the-law-and-wbc/

    If it’s true that Phelps has filed over 400 frivolous lawsuits, I’m not sure why that detail hasn’t made its way to the mainstream understanding of this group. If that’s the case, it seems that the focus should be on “loser pays” laws rather than free speech.

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