In a key test of free speech protections in the US, the supreme court has heard arguments about whether a fundamentalist church had the right to picket a marine's funeral with signs like "Thank God for Dead Soldiers".
Members of the Westboro baptist church in Topeka, Kansas, protested at the 2006 funeral of Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder to express their view that US deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq were God's punishment for US immorality and tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.
These people are the worst kind of scum, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t protected by the first amendment. I hope the Supreme Court agrees, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they found a way to rule in favor of the Snyder’s.
Either way, I think it shows what a great and free country we live in that we have fretted over this case so much.