I'm all for free speech, but I'm also ardently anti-asshole at funerals.
A funeral is a private event.
If all outdoor events are open to the public, then we ought to be allowed free and open access to ball games and concerts so we can voice our freed speech.
I'm honestly surprised that everyone seems to be arguing a strictly property rights based approach to privacy.
The Patriot Guard Riders is a motorcycle group (mostly vets, I think) that provides escorts for funeral processions targeted by Phelps folk.
To take a crack at it, though, the privacy of the people attending the funeral was invaded, particular those closest to the deceased. It was invaded by the Phelps' intrusive disruption into what is almost universally acknowledged as a most intensely vulnerable and personal of moments. The invasion was actionable because it served no purpose beyond emotionally injuring the attendees, to the anticipated profit of the Phelps.
I get the feeling that Phelps has been pretty much concentrating on vets, these days, though.
Well, you have a very narrow conception of privacy.
abortion rights are protected under the right to privacy
"The suffering of 'filthy, faggot Swedes' in the South East Asia disaster [the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami] was punishment from God for Sweden’s tolerant attitude toward homosexuality."
Obviously being a jerk isn't an invasion of privacy, per se. Nobody is saying it is. I don't really understand your remark.
I'm sorry, but you've completely lost me. Of course picketing someone's funeral is being a jerk. If it's an invasion of privacy, though, it's not merely because it's jerk-like.
I've tried to explain to you why I think it is
And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!
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