A Federal Judge has ruled that Missouri's law banning protesters near military funerals is unconstitutional, claiming that it abridges free speach.
While I find the WBC protestors absolutly abhorent in every way, I don't think the state has any right to keep them from protesting. We have to uphold free speach, even if we don't like what is being said. What do you think about this ruling?
Answer by NotPanicking at 2:52 PM on Aug. 17, 2010
Like I said, I abhor the WBC, but if I want to protect MY right to free speech, I have to protect theirs. If there is a way to protect the families from their bile without restricting free speech, I would love that!
Me too....and so far many Americans have stepped up and stepped IN FRONT of the A-HOLES at the funerals..like a few biker gangs and a Church in NY.....
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Answer by mom2twobabes at 3:03 PM on Aug. 17, 2010
My confusion with the freedom of speech outside the political arena has been where does it end? You don't have the right to be insulting, abusive, harassing, and hurtful in the name of freedom of speech. The intent was to give citizens the right to speak out against their government without free of being thrown in jail. It doesn't mean you can say (by mouth or written language) anything you want in any way you want. That interfere with someone right, for lack of a better word, to pursue happiness, for lack of better term. The Westboro Church does not have the "right" to protest at a person's funeral. It is tacky, unfeeling, and just plain mean to deliberately cause such emotional distress when there is such grief.
Answer by jesse123456 at 6:52 PM on Aug. 17, 2010