The Marine was buried without dignity, the United States Supreme Court defended ANY “hateful speech,” and the Snyder family was hurt by the Supreme Court decision. The Supreme Court balances its opinion on protecting speech protesting on public issues. At the same time the public issue at a funeral, i.e., “Thank God for dead soldiers,” “You’re Going to Hell,” “God Hates the USA/Thank God for 9/11,” and one that combined the U.S. Marine Corps motto, Semper Fi, with the phrase “God Hates Fags” somehow doesn’t do damage to a family burying their dead son and relative.
Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder died from a non combat-related vehicle accident in Al Anbar province, Iraq, in 2006.
One must think first, “How does the Westboro Baptist Church get away with its own Christian commandment: the eighth commandment says thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. The speech aims to target injury to the dead Lance Corporal and his family, and, thereby the church achieves its public end. Like accomplishing two purposes in one-act, the church strategizes and succeeds.
The U.S. Constitution says in the first amendment that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, which it hasn’t done. The Supreme Court is to judge on abuses of the FREEDOM of speech. The Congress having already done its job, it’s up to the Supreme Court to write just opinions on particular cases.
The public would be worried if no Supreme Court Justice dissented, but one did. Justice Samuel Alito’s dissenting opinion was that the public intention does not negate the personal damage that was inflicted. Reasonably, there are limits to freedom of speech – speech is just too powerful to be unlimited. Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder died for what? He died just like other Marines who have died before him – to protect freedom of speech. That’s honor. May the mother and father of Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder grieve in peace and may the faithfully departed rest in peace.