It is difficult to discuss the first amendment rights of the
The first thing we must agree upon is that our sensationalized corporate media landscape paints a distorted image of the funeral protests. That is not to say that I agree with the message of the church, nor with the tact with which the message is delivered. My point is simply that it is difficult to maneuver the maelstrom of hate and outrage that our subject creates. It is difficult to look through the opinions and find the facts, to see the objective reality of the situation that we feel so objectionable.
We are here today to discuss the law and it is not the function of the law to decide which is obscene or in bad taste. So let us discuss the facts.
The protests occur on public property. Technically, the
There are no documented accounts of violence on the church’s behalf, physical or otherwise. The church may have a message of hate, but they do not direct that hatred at any specific individuals. The church paint their portrait of hate by drawing on abstract concepts.
Fagots are to blame, they say, for God’s hatred. It would be a different situation if the church was to address someone like Snyder by name. But this is not the situation.
For those who are not familiar with Snyder’s case, he is the man from
I would like to bring to light information that I scoured, cited to an article in the
In closing arguments, I must convey that I disagree with the church on many levels. To say the least, the