On Wednesday the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), known for spewing vitriol at the fallen during military funerals, will have their day at the Supreme Court, when the justices will consider if the group’s practice of picketing military funerals with offensive signs and insulting rhetoric of both the fallen soldiers and their families crosses the line of free speech. This will be Justice Elena Kagan’s first week on the job at the Supreme Court.
Along the way, WBC, constituted mainly of the Phelps family of Topeka, Kansas, will make a number of stops in the beltway area to picket: The White House, the Russell Senate Office Building, a Maryland High School, and two funerals at Arlington National Cemetery.
Two of the protests at Arlington National will be during the funerals of Lt. Brendan J. Looney and Major Robert F. Baldwin on Monday afternoon and Wednesday morning. A support the troops rally that will counter the Phelps family at Arlington National is expected on Tuesday, when WBC is scheduled to appear at the military cemetery as well.