The protests and picketing at the funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder were absurd. You don't just march on down to funerals and hold up signs that say "God hates you!" and "Fags Doom Nations!". You can be anti-homosexual all you want - be a homophobic. But, don't go imposing your beliefs on other people and ruining sacred moments of others.
I'm not surprised that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that these picketers had the right to do so due to the First Amendment, but I'm surprised it was such a landslide of a vote. Also, as a side note, props to Elena Kagan (colloquial language, yes) for voting for what she believed was legally correct, though she may have been more personally offended - that is what makes a great justice. Anyways, back to the subject, so where do we draw the line? People are always saying that they have the RIGHT to do certain things. But, when you put things in perspective, you have to ask yourself, "To what extent will I exercise this right?" During a sacred, precious moment which is PRIVATE, there should be no protesting. It's wrong. You can't use language like that, either. This is just like the '50s when people were calling African-Americans the N* word - it's just really not acceptable at all. Intolerant people infuriate me.
But, when I think about it, the verdict is well-supported and I have to say I ultimately agree. They didn't march all over the casket and start yelling at the funeral attendees. They were 1,000 feet away and took the necessary steps to have a public protest. So, in that, they really can do whatever they want. Common sense-wise...SHOULD you do something like that? No.
Not at all.
I feel like that's similar to having a Jewish Holocaust victim being buried in a ceremony, and having a bunch of Neo-Nazis protesting 1,000 feet away. It's just weird and wrong. What happened to God loving every single person, just the way they were? And forgiveness?