Do you agree with the court’s majority ruling that the Westboro Baptist Church members have every right to protest at funerals such as that of the soldier Matthew Snyder?

In a recent case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the members of a church in Kansas called Westboro Baptist have the right to protest at military and other types of funerals with their message of divine judgment on America. The church teaches that America is corrupt for allowing homosexuality in the country and therefore God is judging the U.S. by inflicting death (particularly soldiers’ deaths) and certain diseases on America.In 2005, the church group picketed the funeral of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder (a 20-year-old killed in Iraq) with signs such as “Thank God for dead soldiers”. Matthew’s father brought a lawsuit against the church. Earlier that year (March 2011), the Court ruled 8-1 that the church had the right to protest at military funerals as part of the guaranteed right to free speech. Justice Samuel Alito was the only dissenter, arguing that Albert Snyder, the father, was not a public figure and the actions of the church were not protected under the free speech rights of the Constitution since this was a private funeral. And yet, the church lawyer argued that they were there to get a message about America to America’s people and leaders that this country is under God’s judgment. They won their case.Do you agree with the court’s majority ruling that the Westboro Baptist Church members have every right to protest at funerals such as that of the soldier Matthew Snyder?Why or why not? What would be your moral reasoning?______________________________________________________________________________________Participants must create a thread in order to view other threads in this forum.Three postings are the required minimum.1 main response: 250 words minimum for the post addressing the questions given for the week. Note that all students are required to return to their main thread and address questions asked or comments made by at least one other person on your main thread.2 reply postings with 100 words minimum. One of these reply postings must be asking a content related question on another student’s posting. Another reply post must include a content question on another student’s main threadk.