This decision was unfortunately the right one, but it does exactly what Westboro wants- piss more people off at them. Here is what it REALLY means: It has nothing to do with right, left, Dem, GOP. In my former job in law enforcement, I was unfortunate enough to have to protect these dirtbags at one of their protests. And here is their little secret: They are all lawyers. Yep. In the pre-ops briefing, several command brass of local depts were on hand, and did in depth research on these Westboro scum. Part of the requirement of being a member of their "church" is that upon turning 18 one must enroll and complete law school at a nearby college. They are all lawyers, know the law VERY well, and keep updated on the law VERY well. Their plot is to go city to city, trying to provoke people. They call in advance to the local city police dept. They request protection as they say "We know our free speech could draw violence towards us, thus, you must protect us". They make that request on public record, and then if ANYTHING happens to them, they sue the city and police dept for failing to protect them. Police, in response, are allowed to assign them a protest location, HOWEVER, Westboro gets to request what general area. For example, they want to do a funeral, the police can only limit them to the closest public space to that funeral. So the police try to limit them to a location in which they'll have as little impact as possible. The police tell them "Due to limited manpower, we can only guarantee protection if you follow our ops-plan, so we can pre-plan this event and ensure the most protection possible. If you stray from our pre-planned ops plan, then we can't guarantee your safety. So, Westboro does it. They follow the police plan. In fact, they distrust even the police. When they leave, they only leave in a rental car. And they have several rental cars parked throughout a county at public spaces. So as police escort them away from the site, they go about and seperate into several rented cars and scatter, until they are no longer being "escorted" by highway patrolmen. They then check into their undisclosed hotel (Courageous of them, right?) And thats their plan. Provoke the people. Demand city protection. Then sue if anything happens. They are all lawyers. The message? Lawyers are ruining our country.