High Court Rules in Favor of Frustrating Free Speech

About a year ago, I reported on the Westboro Baptist Church and their protest of a Drake University forum on campus. If you'll recall, Westboro is the outfit that protests at military funerals claiming that military deaths are God's response to the US Government sanctioning homosexuality. At the time of my first entry, the U.S. Supreme Court had agreed to hear a case where a father of a fallen soldier sued Westboro for invasion of privacy, and Westboro argued for protection under the First Amendment The Supreme Court issued its 8-1 ruling in favor of Westboro, finding that the protestors' speech "cannot be restricted simply because it is upsetting or arouses contempt." Chief Justice Roberts noted that it is the speech that we hate the most that oftentimes requires the greatest protection.

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