Say Anything – So whose rights are more important in this case? The WBC’s free speech rights? Or the family’s right to peacefully assemble?
Though I’m certainly more sympathetic to the family, my answer would be that neither group’s rights trump the others. So how should SCOTUS rule?
I’d like to see the matter left up to the individual states. I think that the states (or political subdivisions thereof) can pass laws that limit, but do not prohibit, protests at military funerals so that the right of the WBC idiots to protest is not prohibited, but neither is the right of the family to assemble and mourn the loss of their loved one in accordance with their religious beliefs.