SCOTUS upholds Phelps hate speech
Surprisingly, it was Alito, of all people, dissenting. Sadly, the court ruled correctly. As Adam so adroitly put it:
By 8-1, the Supreme Court voted no. It's one of those rulings that reminds you that at least on some very basic understandings of what "free speech," means, both conservative and moderate jurists on the court are on the same page: You don't forfeit your First Amendment rights just by being an asshole.Exactly. Unless there's a clear line between the hate speech and actual physical harm, you can't outlaw speech you don't like and still protect the speech you do. In any event, the public has already discovered the antidote. The counterdemonstrations that effectively block out Phelps paltry showings at these funerals. As we used to say at the ACLU, the antidote to bad speech, is more, good speech.