SCOTUS to rule on Hate Speech
"The ultimate choice for a man, in as much as he is given
to transcend himself, is to create or destroy, to love or to hate."
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
— The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
When Justice Wm. Brennan articulated his judgment in the 1964 case NY Times v. Sullivan, his footing was entrenched upon a solid foundation.
Implementation of ideological forethought and wisdom citing the advancement of “Debate on Public issues as uninhibited, robust and wide-open,” ensured prospective generations the promise of dialogue toward matters unforeseen.
Hot button topics of contemporary concern include flag-burning, hard-core rap, hate speech, pornography, and various forms of symbolic speech. The distinct line withstanding the test of time has been “shouting fire in a crowded theater”.
As insensitive and unimaginable as that may seem, the day has arrived, we’ve reached a new low.
This is a disturbing account of a man, whom served his country, then made the ultimate sacrifice as such. That in itself doesn’t distinguish this particular tragedy from the thousands of American servicemen sighting a similar fate.
The gravity and ramifications of a few disturbed fringe group members is exceedingly disconcerting as well as a despicable display of incontrovertible human behavior.
“Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, US Marine Corps, has begun this civil lawsuit* against Mr. Phelps and certain members of the so-called Westboro Baptist Church to bring an end to the reign of terror and abuse that they inflicted upon the grieving families of US service members killed in defense of our nation.”
This 2010 session, the Supreme Court will hear the case of an anti-gay fringe group, which protests at military funerals of fallen servicemen, thus testing the constitutional limitations of free Speech. Phelps position is God is punishing the USA for its tolerance toward gays in society.
The take away is the voice of the soul...What can you say about a country that protect the rights of those attempting to destroy it?
God Bless America...