Freedom Of Speech Is A Right Essay

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Freedom of speech is a right that is granted to all American citizens, but even though it is a right in the first amendment many people take it for granted and some take it too far. The Phelps family are of those who took their right of freedom of speech and used it in a negative way.
The Phelps family are the founders of the Westboro Baptist church, yet their practice of religion has nothing in relation to common Baptist churches. The Phelps family practice a rather negative form of protesting with signs that state “God hates fags” and “Thank God for dead soldiers” and they believe that “God punishes the United States for its tolerance of homosexuality, particularly within the military” (Breyer). Their practice have caused more problems than solutions to today’s society. One problem that has sparked questioning was the of Phelps vs. Snyder. This case was the Snyder family suing Phelps for “intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy” (Hanson 338-339). The reason behind the Snyder family suing the Phelps family was because on the day of Albert Snyder son, Matthew’s, funeral the Westboro Baptist Church protested outside the funeral home with signs that said “Thank God for dead soldiers” and “Do not pray for the U.S.A.” and other offending saying like such to state that the death of the soldiers was such a thing of karma or a punishment from God. Then a week later after members of the Westboro Baptist Church participated in the protest outside…

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