Will Militarization of the First Amendment Undermine the Republic?
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing a case where the father of a fallen serviceman is suing members of a church over its picketing of military funerals with signs that say, “Thank God for Dead Soldiers,” “God Killed Your Sons,” and “Thank God for 9/11.” These protesters are hardly from a left wing antiwar group. They are members of the conservative Westboro Baptist Church, which has picketed the military funerals of about 200 families. The church believes that 9/11 and American soldiers’ deaths in the “war on terror” are God’s way of punishing the United States for tolerating homosexuals. http://original.antiwar.com/eland/2010/10/05/militarization-of-the-first-amendment/