Snyder v. Phelps: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Spectacular Erasure of the Tragic Spectacle

@article{Bruner2013SnyderVP,
  title={Snyder v. Phelps: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Spectacular Erasure of the Tragic Spectacle},
  author={M. Bruner and M. L. S. Balter-Reitz},
  journal={Rhetoric & Public Affairs},
  year={2013},
  volume={16},
  pages={651 - 683}
}
On March 2, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court determined in Snyder v. Phelps that protests by members of Westboro Baptist Church, a small group of religious fundamentalists committed to communicating their beliefs publicly in spectacular fashion, were protected under the First Amendment based on a dual standard of “public concern”; that is, their speech dealt with sociopolitical issues and their speech attracted media attention. This rhetorical conflation of sociopolitical issues with subjects of… Expand
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