"PHOENIX — Arizona legislators quickly approved emergency legislation Tuesday to head off picketing by a Topeka, Kan., church near the funeral service for a 9-year-old girl who was killed in the Tucson shootings.
Unanimous votes by the House and Senate sent the bill to Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed it Tuesday night. It took effect immediately.
Without specifically mentioning the Tucson shooting, the law prohibits protests at or near funeral sites....."
"The four-paragraph Arizona bill makes it a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail to picket or conduct other protest activities within 300 feet of a funeral or burial service — about the length of a football field. The prohibition applies from one hour before the event to one hour after"
Too bad it couldn't be more of a distance though.
Answer by ILoveCade at 11:31 PM on Jan. 11, 2011
Answer by MrsMWF at 11:31 PM on Jan. 11, 2011
Answer by Kathy675 at 11:32 PM on Jan. 11, 2011
I just don't see how it's productive to picket a funeral. And I hate that it's done in the name of God. All of us Christians do not act like that or think that way - and it really stinks to be placed under the same scope as those idiots.
Answer by banana-bear at 11:35 PM on Jan. 11, 2011
Answer by Simplicity3 at 11:39 PM on Jan. 11, 2011
Answer by lisafree2 at 11:40 PM on Jan. 11, 2011
I think it's a great way to handle the Phelps clan. They still get to practice their First Amendment rights, but there is the buffer of space to keep them from getting too close. Now, those human shields still need to be sure that they get there before the Phelps clan does, so that the can take that 300 foot line. . . but it's a step in the right direction.
As my favorite bumper sticker in Kansas says: Ph*ck Phelps.
Answer by jsbenkert at 11:43 PM on Jan. 11, 2011
Answer by agentwanda at 1:06 AM on Jan. 12, 2011
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