I feel that while the actions and demonstrations of the Westboro Baptist Church are overly aggressive and controversial, their first amendment right to free speech shouldn’t be infringed upon so long as they don’t in turn infringe upon the inalienable rights of others.
While I do agree that If I were to find myself at a military funeral that was being actively picketed by the WBC I would take extreme offense. Although, If the WBC was following the law, such as limiting the protest to public property, I would not participate in any form of active suppression that infringes upon their rights.
While I do feel it is important to consider the desires of those affected by such protest, I also feel that it is important to consider the rights and desires of those participating in the protest as well. They obviously must have strong desires and beliefs as well if they are willing to participate in such a controversial form of protest.
Although the U.S. constitution does not explicitly guarantee a right of privacy, the court decisions have recognized that a right of personal privacy exists and that certain areas of privacy are guaranteed under the constitution. While these rights to privacy have been extended to the abortion controversy, the right to die, and national security. I feel the laws have been interpreted and applied unequally due to the varying circumstances that are tied to each.
Cases of national security, for example, contain sensitive information that may only be known by top officials and affect the nation as a whole. While the right to die and abortion relate to the rights of the individual.