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Constitutional Law Keyed to Barnett
Snyder v. Phelps
Citation:562 U.S. 443 (2011)
The Westboro Baptist Church is a radical church that espouses the idea that God punishes the United States for its tolerance of homosexuality, especially within the military. The Westboro Baptist Church often pickets at the funerals of United States military members to publicize their message. Here, the Church chose to picket the funeral of a marine, Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq. The Church notified authorities before the funeral of their intent to picket, and they complied with police instructions during the demonstration. They held signs across the street from the church on public land (200 – 300 feet from the funeral procession).
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