Supreme Court to hear Fred Phelps case

Posted on 08 Mar 2010 at 3:31pm

Phelps

The Supreme Court agreed today to hear a freedom of speech case involving Fred Phelps.

Phelps holds anti-gay protests at military funerals of soldiers killed in war with signs that read “Thank God for dead soldiers.”

The father of one soldier sued after Phelps protested at his son’s funeral. He was awarded $10 million. On appeal, the damages were cut in half and then vacated by the U.S. Court of Appeals. The three-member court ruled that the signs could not be easily read by people attending the funeral and Phelps free-speech rights gave him the right to protest, no matter how distasteful his message.

Phelps protested here last month because a former Canadian minister responsible for appointing two of the judges who ruled that Canada must legalize same-sex marriage was speaking to the Jewish Federation of Dallas. In the past, they have protested at Cathedral of Hope and Congregation Beth El Binah.

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