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Westboro Baptist Church Wins At Supreme Court: 8-1 Decision Upholds Their Right To Be Vile

Only Samuel Alito dissented in the Supreme Court’s just-announced 8-1 decision overturning a $5 million verdict against the Westboro Baptist Church that concluded the family of slain Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder had a right to bury a loved one in peace. Citing the Phelps clan’s First Amendment rights, the justices were clearly influenced by our own argument about why Westboro should be let off the hook. Looks like sometimes, Westboro Baptist is right! Writing in his dissent, Alito argues, “Our profound national commitment to free and open debate is not a license for the vicious verbal assault that occurred in this case.”