Wednesday, March 2, 2011

High Court Rules in Favor of Funeral Protesters


High Court Rules in Favor of Funeral Protesters - WSJ.com

WASHINGTON—The First Amendment protects a fringe religious group that protested the funeral of a U.S. Marine killed in Iraq, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

The court, in an 8-to-1 vote, ruled that the soldier's father could not sue Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., for celebrating his son's death with a funeral picket that included signs saying "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "God Hates You," along with more vulgar messages.

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