US Supreme Court rules that Fred Phelps has no right to hateful monument
In a decision handed down by the US Supreme Court, Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps has failed in an attempt to abuse the first amendment of the United States constitution in order to spread his vile and hateful gospel.
Phelps dearly wanted to contribute a statue of murder victim Matthew Shepard to a park in Casper, Wyoming featuring statues of historical significance. The inscription on the statue reads "Matthew Shepard Entered Hell October 12, 1998, in Defiance of God's Warning 'thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind; it is abomination.' Leviticus 18:22."
Phelps' Shepard statue was rejected twice -- once in 2003 and again in 2007.
When it was rejected the second time Phelps apparently ran to the Supreme Court where he's discovered, to his dismay, that while the First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion, speech, expression and the press, it does not entitle one to display hate propaganda on public property.
Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church had previously picketed Shepard's funeral where thet waved signs reading "Matt in hell" and oh-so-classily harassed his grieving parents.
One can imagine that Phelps and the WBC will likely stage some kind of protest in order to voice their objections to the Supreme Court ruling, but one thing is for certain: very few people should care.
The state is not obligated to help Phelps disseminate his intolerance under the guise of free speech.