A Kansas Church and its pastor (Phelps) have made news over the last few years and the case has now moved to the supreme court. The video below first appeared on 20/20 on ABC network. This story is a little old now as a federal appeals court has reversed the decision to award money to Snyder in damages. That court has ruled Snyder must now pay Phelps' legal fees. He has now appealed and we await the decision of the supreme court to determine whether Phelps is legally allowed to continue his church's activities.
Caution the language used may easily be considered offensive. If you'd rather not take the chance of being offended do not watch and read this link instead with the same story.
As you discuss the case in your comments. Don't focus on the message too much. Remember the Snyder family's son is not accused of being gay. All soldier funerals are being targeted by the group.
Keep your comments respectful, don't try to overextend your own 1st amendment rights, remember you are students and the teachers have control over this forum.
Do they have a right of free speech in this case? Does the 1st amendment apply to their actions? If this qualifies as hate speech, does it inspire riots or violence?
Does the 1st amendment it allow them to freely exercise(practice) reglious beliefs in this matter? Why do you think so?
Do their actions take away the rights of others? In this case, is it an invasion of privacy of the Snyder family?
Are cemeteries public places where protest is allowed? Should they be? Whose job would it be to make a law regarding that?
If they both have rights, whose outweigh the others and what should the Supreme Court decide?