Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Supreme Court 8-1 protects free speech of hate-mongerers...

March 2, 2011
Colorado USA

Supreme Court: 'hurtful speech' of Westboro Baptist Church is protected



“Speech is powerful. It can stir people to action, move them to tears of both joy and sorrow, and – as it did here – inflict great pain,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. “On the facts before us, we cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker,” he said.

The lone dissenter, Justice Samuel Alito said the nation’s commitment to free and open debate “is not a license for the vicious verbal assault that occurred in this case.”

I am going on record here as agreeing with Justice Roberts.

Source: Christian Science Monitor.com, Supreme Court: 'hurtful speech' of Westboro Baptist Church is protected
Opinion: Snyder vs Phelps, October 2010, March 2011

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