The US Supreme Court today, in an 8-1 decision, upheld the right of Westboro Baptist Church and its hateful inbred congregation to picket military funerals. Justice Samuel Alito was the lone dissenter.

"What Westboro said, in the whole context of how and where it chose to say it, is entitled to 'special protection' under the First Amendment," Roberts wrote, "and that protection cannot be overcome by a jury finding that the picketing was outrageous."

No doubt the activities of the truly awful Phelps family are, well, truly awful. But it's heartening to know that our Constitution still loves free speech even more than Phelps hates fags.