October 5, 2010 1:42 AM

Commentary: First Amendment protects despicable speech of Fred Phelps

As awful as it seems, I'll be rooting for Fred Phelps when his case comes before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. Holding my nose all the while, mind you. But Phelps and his evil spawn have as much right as other Americans to engage in perfectly awful forms of behavior. Burn American flags, torch Qurans, spout vile, hateful things on street corners. They'll do just about anything for attention. Even picket military funerals, which is what's at issue here.

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