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March 3rd, 2011
10:36 AM ET

Supreme Court Sides with Anti-Gay Church

A Supreme Court decision has cleared the way for a Kansas church to continue holding anti-gay protests at military funerals.

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Filed under: Ali Velshi
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Jon

    I will assume that "religion" is defined by the congregation and not by any type of respect or spiritual guide that we commonly view as "religion.". So it's not a "church" in the common use of the word. It is a group of hate-filled people (?) who meet every once in awhile to confirm and support each others hatred of anyone who doesn't share their beliefs.

    March 3, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  2. Southgate Jo

    The Supreme Court is the highest court in the land. It is guided to make decisions strictly by what our constitution mandates. It is fairly black and white. The only judgement that the judges can make is to the constitutionality of an issue. Their hands are tied by the laws we live by.

    The argument is not with the Supreme Court, but with the way we do business in this country. We have to depend on our lawmakers to create legislation to protect our military families from these misguided, and absolutely disgusting performances.

    The heat in this issue should be placed on the shoulders of those who deserve it, the law makers. These are the individuals who are not doing their job. These are the individuals who drop the ball with such consistency that they are almost dependable in doing so. We can and should protect our military families but most of all, the families and friends of those who gave all. Even if we have to fill a town with two hundred thousand troops to exclude these poor hate mongers, we need to do so. Put up such a ring of protection that they won't even be able to get close to the families.

    We do far too little for those who served. It's a disgrace and their protection needs to be addressed immediately.

    March 3, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  3. John Linville

    This is disgusting. My mom used to say, "one person's rights end, where another one's rights begin."
    But since we've come this far, why don't the family of these soldiers sue the church for slander?

    March 3, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  4. Lynsey

    These soldiers fight and die for our country, and what does this so called "church" have to say to that?
    Oh, they go and riot at their funerals.
    Slap in every soldier's face; not to mention their family and friends!

    March 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  5. Rafi

    If they are true God belivers instead they should go out and reach poor people and help those who need help and be useful, shame on them, I think 2012 has to happen all world is going mad.

    March 3, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
  6. Jay Conne

    Some comments here refer to "hate speech". This is not an appropriate topic for law, just like "hate crimes" are not because we shouldn't outlaw people's feelings like hate or love – that's an individual's private concern. Law should address actions and people's rights. The perp's feelings may be part of the context for sentencing, but not guilt or innocence.

    If I hurt some one because i want to take their property or because I hate some accident of birth like race, gender, etc. it's irrelevant. My action is prosecutable. My motivation may affect sentencing including the likelihood that I'll be a repeat offender.

    Let's lose the slop of confusing emotions with actions.

    March 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  7. Renaldo Davis

    The Supreme court did the right thing.

    March 5, 2011 at 1:14 am |
  8. Blake

    This has to be one of the most disgusting things that has ever taken place. Like honestly. This church had no rights whatsoever to be there. If they want to express their hate aganist homosexuality, they can. But not at the funeral of a proud gay solider who died for our country and for what we stand for. There is nothing wrong with being Gay. God made us who we are today. So who are they to tell us that it's a sin to love the same sex? It's discusting, it's wrong, and it needs to be delt with.

    March 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  9. Paula Engeldinger

    If these individuals were Christians, this issue would not have been brought before a judge. I think homosexuality is an issue of morality but a funeral is not the place to promote religious doctrine. You can not win a soul to God or witness to others by being hateful. Legally, the protestors have rights but they are not representatives of the love of God.
    This soldier died performing a duty that protects the rights of our people. Therefore, every soldier and their families deserve respect and honor as their loved on is laid to rest. I believe that because this soldier was serving in the military of a nation under God. Therefore, according to Matthew, (paraphrasing) a man that loses his life for his name sake will be saved.

    March 22, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  10. txodus

    The westboro organization is depraved and the court is WRONG.
    Simple as that. Right is right. Wrong is wrong. What these people are doing at funerals is WRONG. In fact everything they do is WRONG from what I've read, seen, and listen to from their own mouths.
    REAL Americans should stand up against these people!!!!

    April 1, 2011 at 12:18 am |

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