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    Re: Supreme Court rules in favor of WBC

    I have to agree with everyone else... well, almost everyone. This is America, bastion of protected speech. The ruling is even more important when we realize that in France a loud-mouthed fashion designer is actually charged with a crime and will go on trial for a vile, 30-second anti-semitic rant in a restaurant.

    When we stifle speech we find offensive, all speech will eventually be stifled.

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    Re: Supreme Court rules in favor of WBC

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    I have to agree with everyone else... well, almost everyone. This is America, bastion of protected speech. The ruling is even more important when we realize that in France a loud-mouthed fashion designer is actually charged with a crime and will go on trial for a vile, 30-second anti-semitic rant in a restaurant.

    When we stifle speech we find offensive, all speech will eventually be stifled.
    Agreed, freedoms are easily accepted as long as they go with your beliefs, it's when they go against your very core beliefs that they are tested .

    That said, I gotta say that if shots were to ring out from some distant hilltop, and a few of those protesters were to fall, I wouldn't shed a tear for them either.

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    Re: Supreme Court rules in favor of WBC

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    I agree that it is free speech, which gives me a couple of great ideas.

    1) Every time someone from WBC dies, picket HIS funeral with signs that say he is going to hell. Make HIS family cry, and maybe they will see the light and leave the **cough** church **cough**.

    2) Next time they picket, somebody just kick their asses, and then a new case can go to the Supreme Court, seeking a ruling on whether inciting a riot is considered free speech.

    I think I read where a group of bikers did something similar. They surrounded the graveside service and revved their bikes so the shouts of the WBC could not be heard. I think that is the way to deal with them -

    God Bless the Bikers!!!! Westboro Baptist Church gets drowned out by BIKERS!!!



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    Re: Supreme Court rules in favor of WBC

    I still think they could have carved out an exception for the funerals of non-public figures, because of the pretty unique interests involved, but I am ok with this decision too, I guess.

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    Re: Supreme Court rules in favor of WBC

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Please in detail describe whats wrong with the ruling and why you feel it isn't correct given something people highlight alot these days now there's a black democrat in the white house.

    The Constitution.
    Jet, why the mention of the "black Democrat in the White House"? What are you suggesting, if anything?
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    Re: Supreme Court rules in favor of WBC

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    "black Democrat in the White House"?
    I'm being Facetious...

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    Re: Supreme Court rules in favor of WBC

    There remains one aspect to this ruling that bothers me.

    Rights are not absolute. They cease when actions infringe on the rights of others.

    Do these demonstrations not infringe on another's right to conduct a funeral and burial in peace?

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    Re: Supreme Court rules in favor of WBC

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Do these demonstrations not infringe on another's right to conduct a funeral and burial in peace?
    Show me where that right is in the constitution.

    Therein lies the problem. No one has the right to a peaceful funeral/burial.

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    Re: Supreme Court rules in favor of WBC

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Show me where that right is in the constitution.

    Therein lies the problem. No one has the right to a peaceful funeral/burial.
    Erod's point, I believe, is that the court has made exceptions to free speech rulings before (the whole yelling "fire" in a crowded theater thing), they probably could have found one here. Don't get me wrong, I agree with the ruling, but it could have just as easily gone the other way.
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    Re: Supreme Court rules in favor of WBC

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Show me where that right is in the constitution.

    Therein lies the problem. No one has the right to a peaceful funeral/burial.
    So could a group of white supremists attend a black funeral and scream the n-word at the crowd?

    That's not in the Constitution either.

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