Friday, December 03, 2010
Free speech and disruption of soldiers' funerals (Corrected)I just came across this op-ed from a couple of weeks ago by Jim Zumwalt, Why protests at funerals should be tolerated Stars and Stripes 11/16/2010.
The issue in question is the protests being staged by the far-right, bitterly anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, at soldiers' funerals around the country. In a lawsuit now before the Supreme Court, Albert Snyder v. Fred W. Phelps, Sr., the court is considering whether free speech permits such protests.
I hesitate to comment on a case like this where I
Zumwalt's op-ed made me more curious about the specifics of this case. Like many such arguments, he relies on speculation about implications on other kinds of speech, anti-Islam speech in particular.
Tags: christian fundamentalism, christian right, radical right
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