Court strikes down Missouri city’s ban on funeral protests
Yesterday was busy for the Westboro Baptist Church! Steve Jobs died, giving the haters of everything a chance to drag America’s most beloved CEO through the dirt, and they won another court case involving bans on protesting at funerals.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a U.S. appeals court has struck down a Manchester, Missouri, law banning protesting at funerals. For the uninitiated (if there are any of you out there), WBC loves to show up at funerals, especially those for members of the military, and scream about how God hates this and God hates that. The ACLU sued to block the law, arguing it infringed on free-speech rights.
Last year, a state law in Missouri banning protests at soldiers’ funerals was struck down. Additionally, the Supreme Court ruled that WBC’s nuttery was constitutionally protected speech. Fortunately, the Phelps posse didn’t feel the need to bastardize a classic-rock song following this ruling, as they did at the Supreme Court.