Wednesday, October 13, 2010 By Andrew Huber
Albert Snyder sued Fred Phelps for picketing Matthew Snyder’s, Albert’s son’s funeral. Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder served and died in Iraq. Upon his funeral Phelps and members from his church flew 1,000 miles with signs saying “Thank God for 9/11.” to protest at the soldier’s funeral. Phelps and his followers think that God is killing soldiers in the war on terror because of America’s tolerance of gays.
The Snyders have a right to assemble and freedom of religion. The Phelpses have the right of free speech, both of which are protected by the Constitution.
In October of 2007 a federal jury awarded Snyder $10.9 million, finding Phelps and church members liable for intentionally inflicting emotional distress. But almost two years later the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the verdict. They cited free-speech protections for the protesters.
Choosing to protest a dead soldier’s funeral is abusing the right to free speech. The rights we have as citizens of the United States of America aren’t really rights at all, they are privileges.
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If you would like to walk through my property and I allow it, that is a privilege because at anytime of my choosing I can rescind that privilege. If you wish to walk on your property that is your right not privilege. The freedoms we have are not bestowed by government or man they are bestowed by God and thus are never privileges and cannot be rescinded .