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Protests at funerals a test of free speech

High court to hear Kansas church case

Members of Westboro Baptist Church picketed memorial services for members of the 101 Airborne Division in 2006. Members of Westboro Baptist Church picketed memorial services for members of the 101 Airborne Division in 2006. (Christopher Berkley/Associated Press File)
By Mark Arsenault
Globe Staff / August 14, 2010

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Ernest Piper III remembers the bagpipes, the drums, and the tears at his brother’s funeral five years ago in Marblehead, but thinks rarely of the presence of protesters, who had come from a tiny church in Kansas to voice a provocative message: Thank God for the deaths of US service members and for the roadside bombs that kill ... (Full article: 1250 words)

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