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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - ruth snyder
As Pope Francis joyously displays his faith, he models Saint Francis, who lived simply, served the vulnerable and considered all beings - including insects - to be his brothers and sisters.
Eighty-six years is a long time between Broadway revivals, especially since they seem to be coming faster than they used to.
It is a dance challenge for liberal, peace lovin' Democrats when President Obama abandons the old "hope and change" Terpsichore and hearkens to the heavy thud of global politics. Like Libya, for instance.
I'm with Samuel A. Alito Jr. - at least in spirit. The associate justice was alone in his dissent in Snyder v. Phelps, in which the U.S. Supreme Court in an 8-1 ruling on Wednesday voided a damage verdict against the Westboro Baptist Church for picketing a Maryland soldier's funeral. You know the Westboro folks. They're the media darlings from Topeka, Kan., who have picketed nearly 600 funerals. The Rev. Fred Phelps and his family brandish signs, the most famous of which is "God Hates Fags." Lately, they've been picketing military funerals with signs such as "God Hates the USA/Thank God for 9/11" and "Thank God for Dead Soldiers," saying they got what they deserve because America tolerates homosexuality.
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting, anti-gay protests outside military funerals.
The Supreme Court took on the year's most emotionally charged case Wednesday and, while the justices sharply questioned both sides, they gave little indication of whether they would decide if a fringe group of protesters could be sued for wielding inflammatory, anti-military signs at the funerals of troops.
Supreme Court justices on Wednesday pondered the vexing question of whether the father of a dead Marine should win his lawsuit against a fundamentalist church group that picketed his son's funeral.
The Supreme Court's upcoming term will include the most emotionally charged freedom-of-speech case in recent history along with the usual assortment of high-profile challenges focusing on hot-button issues such as immigration and prosecutorial misconduct.
Banning fundamentalists church members who protest homosexuality outside military funerals would have a chilling effect on free speech, said briefs filed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The church believes U.S. military deaths are God's punishment for America's tolerance of homosexuality.
Justice Breyer, a stalwart of the court's liberal wing, noted that Albert Snyder, the soldier's father, did not see the signs at the funeral that declared "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "You're Going to Hell."
"I had one chance to bury my son, and it was taken from me," Mr. Snyder said.