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Snyder v Phelps

Westboro Baptist Church: They're Baaaaack!

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Fred Phelps, until his death in March this year, and his Westboro Baptist Church -- composed mainly of family members -- travel around the country pro...

Fred Phelps Is Gone... And What Is Left Behind? (PHOTO)

Brent Almond | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brent Almond

Thank you, Fred Phelps. Thank you for enraging us, empowering us and uniting us. Thank you for bringing together LGBT and civil-rights activists, veterans and pacifists, bikers and schoolteachers, Republicans and Democrats, atheists and believers.

Hustler v. Falwell: 25 Years of Protected Satire

Roy S. Gutterman | Posted 04.30.2013 | Media
Roy S. Gutterman

The landmark Supreme Court case Hustler v. Falwell turned 25 this week. When a Supreme Court precedent reaches this age, its legacy is either firmly developed or lost to the history books.

The Picket That Never Was... But Still a Speech

Roy S. Gutterman | Posted 02.05.2012 | College
Roy S. Gutterman

Though the Westboro Baptist Church never showed Friday night at Syracuse University's Carrier Dome, all was not lost.

Michael McAuliff

Senators Try To Bar Military Funeral Protests | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The controversial, gay-hating Westboro Baptist Church would be restricted from holding its inflammatory protests outside the funerals of...

If Galliano Lived in the U.S., His Rants Would Go Uncensored

Peter Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Scheer

The First Amendment reflects a uniquely strong aversion to government censorship of any kind. Galliano, if he lived in New York, could not be prosecuted for giving vent to his bigoted views.

Using Social Media to Receive Responses About the Westboro Supreme Court Decision

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

There he is, sitting on an army jeep in a tiny photograph that my grandmother had asked me to enlarge for her. She now has this picture on her wall. T...

Snyder v. Phelps: In the Court of Public Opinion, Snyder Wins

Scott Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Swenson

Legal scholars and others will agree or disagree on the fine points of the law, but in the battle for hearts and minds, Al Snyder won the day he took a stand.

Westboro Ruling: The Bad and the Uglier for the Greater Good

Roy S. Gutterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roy S. Gutterman

For every Westboro Church protest, there is a debate on legitimate public policy or government abuse that also demands protection.

20-Year-Old Westboro Baptist Church Member Balances College, Protests

Stefanie Dazio | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Stefanie Dazio

Washburn University sophomore Zach Phelps-Roper spent his Wednesday morning like many other college students: glued to his cell phone. But he wasn't getting texts about last night's party -- he was waiting for a ruling from the Supreme Court.

Speech v. Respect

Jim Lichtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Lichtman

Snyder v. Phelps, the Westboro funeral protest case, places before us a choice between the legal right of free speech with the ethical value of respect.

Snyder v. Phelps: Does Hate Speech Trump the Right to Mourn with Dignity?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Using free speech to intentionally and maliciously inflict pain, harm and emotional distress on others, should have legal consequences.

Only About the Law? Part II

Jim Lichtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Lichtman

Last Friday (Oct. 8) I published a commentary discussing the case Snyder v. Phelps currently before the U.S. Supreme Court; a case that, at first glan...

Only About the Law?

Jim Lichtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Lichtman

In Snyder v. Phelps, what of the grieving families? Are they not entitled to the respect, privacy and dignity accorded individuals at a time of great anguish?

Funerals and Free Speech

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

A funeral is an occasion at which mourners should be free to grieve without having to confront offensive messages. As a matter of common sense, this is reasonable. As a matter of First Amendment law, however, it is flat-out wrong.

'God Hates Fags': Q&A with Pastor Fred Phelps

Joshua Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joshua Kors

Pastor Fred Phelps led the congregation that gained notoriety in recent years for picketing the funerals of soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. He spoke with me about hell, homosexuality, and the Supreme Court.

Fred Phelps' Hatemongering and the First Amendment

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Fred Phelps and his "church" are the ones who arrive at various places and events all across the country, waving hate-filled signs which convey his belief that God hates the US, homosexuals, the U.S. military, and dead American soldiers.