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March 2, 2011 2:37 pm

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Westboro Baptist Church

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Members of the Westboro Baptist Church demonstrate at the Virginia Holocaust Museum on March 2, 2010. Photo: J.C. Wilmore

New York Times – The First Amendment protects hateful protests at military funerals, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in an 8-1 decision.

“Speech is powerful,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority. “It can stir people to action, move them to tears of both joy and sorrow, and — as it did here — inflict great pain.”

But under the First Amendment, he went on, “we cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker.”

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