Just because you’re allowed to do something, doesn’t mean you should.
That’s the real answer behind the Supreme Court’s ruling Wednesday that a grieving father’s pain over mocking protests at his Marine son’s funeral must yield to First Amendment protections for free speech.
The 8-1 decision in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., was the latest in a line of court rulings that, as Chief Justice John Roberts said in his opinion for the court, protects “even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that we do not stifle public debate.”
The constitution guarantees the right to speak your opinion. However, people need to use common sense and respect in having their opinion aired at the right time and place.
The only thing accomplished by protesting at a funeral is harmful feelings toward a grieving family. The opinions being voiced aren’t directed toward someone who can make change, such as a state or federal representative.
The only answer is to have supporters of the fallen military member create a larger demonstration that would keep the disrespectful people at bay.
The Supreme Court did its job in ruling the way it did. However with all opportunities in life, people find a way to abuse the system.
In this case the protesters’ actions are distasteful and disrespectful to those who gave their lives to form a country where all citizens have the ability to demonstrate.