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Bell Ringer: Hate Speech and Snyder v. Phelps

Hate Speech and Snyder v. Phelps

ABC News assistant chief counsel Ian Rosenberg discussed the events in the Snyder v. Phelps Supreme Court case which dealt with members of the Westboro Baptist Church protesting the funerals of U.S. soldier. The 2011 case pertained to first amendment rights and the concept of hate speech.

Description

ABC News assistant chief counsel Ian Rosenberg discussed the events in the Snyder v. Phelps Supreme Court case which dealt with members of the Westboro Baptist Church protesting the funerals of U.S. soldier. The 2011 case pertained to first amendment rights and the concept of hate speech.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • According to Ian Rosenberg, what is a common misconception about free speech?
  • Describe the actions and events that led to Snyder suing the Westboro Baptist Church.
  • How did the Supreme Court rule? What was the rationale?
  • How does this ruling expand the right to freedom of speech?
  • How does Ian Rosenberg's examples illustrate the benefits of freedom of speech?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • 1st Amendment
    • Emotional Distress
    • Free Speech
    • Hate Speech
    • Snyder V. Phelps
    • Westboro Baptist Church

    Topics

    Campaigns & ElectionsSupreme Court Cases

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity