We all know about Westboro Boring’s protest signs, like “God Hates Fags,” “Priests Rape Boys,” and “God Hates America.” Then there’s the “Thank God for dead soldiers” signs, which they held up in 2006 at the Maryland funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder while his family buried him. Snyder’s father Albert sued Fred Phelps & Co., won an $11 million verdict, saw it reduced to $5 million by the judge, and then saw the ruling thrown out on appeal. Now, the case will be heard by the Supreme Court, which today agreed to rule on a contentious First Amendment case. Should “imaginative and hyperbolic rhetoric” be protected at all costs, even when dealing with the dignity of a fallen soldier? The justices will decide, but we already know where we stand:
These people are vile human beings. They are also well within their right to call us faggots and wish ill upon a dead soldier’s family. If they don’t incite violence, and do not violate obscenity provisions, it’s really as simple as that.
The scene outside the Supreme Court this fall is going to be just lovely.