In re: the Westboro Baptist Gay Terrorist Club, where Sam Alito appears to be the only one who hasn’t got his head firmly placed up his arse.
Our profound national commitment to free and open debate is not a license for the vicious verbal assault that occurred in this case.
Petitioner Albert Snyder is not a public figure. He is simply a parent whose son, Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, was killed in Iraq. Mr. Snyder wanted what is surely the right of any parent who experiences such an incalculable loss: to bury his son in peace. But respondents, members of the Westboro Baptist Church, deprived him of that elementary right. They first issued a press release and thus turned Matthew’s funeral into a tumultuous media event. They then appeared at the church, approached as closely as they could without trespassing, and launched a malevolent verbal attack on Matthew and his family at a time of acute emotional vulnerability. As a result, Albert Snyder suffered severe and lasting emotional injury.1 The Court now holds that the First Amendment protected respondents’ right to brutalize Mr. Snyder. I cannot agree.
Preach it, Justice Alito.
If there ever was a case of something that is NOT “free speech” but rather a direct, knowing, deliberate emotional assault with both foreknowledge and malice aforethought, it would be the freak show of the incestuous apes of the Phaggot Phelps “A Family Who Fucks Together, STAYS Together” cult.
There is absolutely nobody, NOBODY with any sort of respect for the First Amendment stating that the knuckle-dragging mutants of the Phelps Phamily don’t have the right to put their obnoxious, vile “opinions” on public display, they most certainly DO, but said right is in no conceivable way curtailed by prohibiting them from engaging in open assault on innocent, mourning family members asking for nothing more than the courtesy of being allowed to bury their dead in peace.
They could shout and howl their simian slogans at the top of their lungs anywhere ELSE but, and that’s what establishes their foreknowledge and malice, nobody would pay any fucking attention to their little circus if they did. They DELIBERATELY choose that particular venue because it will get them attention and they KNOW it will get them attention because their emotional terrorism is so obvious and repugnant to members of the human race.
We expect this kind of lunatic decision from the crazed liberal members of the court, but we’re quite frankly at a loss when it comes to understanding why any Justices with a functioning synapse would side with them.
We suppose that this means that Justice Thomas would be absolutely fine, on Constitutional grounds, with racist troglodytes from, say Stormfront, harrowing and harassing his grandchildren every day on their way to and from school with racial slurs and their Constitutionally protected right to believe that blacks are nothing more than apes without fur?
We’d like to see him defend that one, because he’d have to or be exposed for the hypocritical liar that he is.