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12.09.2010

That Dang Right To Free Speech

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21 comments:

Remote Controller said...

Heck Yeah! I am already planning on protesting my own funeral!!

janneba said...

idiots

Anonymous said...

what is wrong with those people?

Francine Fishpaw said...

No one should protest at any funeral at anytime. Ever.

Anonymous said...

Funerals are stupid, but should none the less be free of protest for the sake of those who actually believe in them.

Anonymous said...

12:04 - I disagree with you. Funerals are not stupid. They are for the purpose of honoring and remembering the deceased and helping to bring the beginnings of closure for the family.

But protesting at such a sad event is disgusting. The folks should all be arrested or at least fined for disrupting something personal and sad for the family.

Doc Feelgood said...

"That Dang Right To Free Speech":
by titling this post in this fashion, should I understand that you interpret the constitutional right of free speech to include the right to disrupt the funeral of an individual?

Anonymous said...

someone needs a good arse whoopin'!

Tom said...

@Doc Feelgood: The courts have also interpreted this right in their favor:
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/westboro-baptist-church-case-reaches-supreme-court-2693073.html

Anonymous said...

My free speech would be a hot shot applied liberally to the nether regions of Westboro parishioners who show up to protest.

My Other Brother Darryl channeling Jules Winnfield

wordkyle said...

The legal right not to be offended apparently only exists for special groups. "Grieving families" is not one of those groups. That's the shame.

Anonymous said...

I am a Baptist and these people do not read the same Bible I read...I am ashamed to be grouped into the same denomination. They make me sick with the hatred they spew.

AnObiter said...

I agree, Wordkyle.

And it's just so weak to go around being "offended" all of the time -- good lord.

Leave that poor family alone....what a tangental "cause" for the church to pursue. Shame.

Anonymous said...

Legal or not, if some individual or group tried to mess with a funeral/memorial service for a member of my family, our FAMILY would handle the situation if the law didn't.

That's the way this family does things. It's call the "moral" way - NOT the "legal" one.

So be it. And if we had to pay the price according to the "legal" system, so be it.

Anonymous said...

She should not even have a public funeral. She has been in the public enough - give her peace.

Anonymous said...

I think a suggestion from Neal Boortz, regarding flag burning, may apply here.

He opposes criminalizing flag burning - i.e., the government should not prosecute you for doing it.

But, he suggests that if a private citizen kicks your a$$ for burning a flag in front of him, the punishment for the citizen should be something like a $1 fine or 5 minutes talking to a police officer or somesuch.

I could get on board with a similar policy for Phelps' morons. Heck, I'd probably pay a $10 fine to kick one (or more) of their a$$es...

Anonymous said...

Did someone mention handgrenades?

Anonymous said...

When the protesters hold up their signs that say God hates fags, then Johnny "Does my hair look OK" Edwards should be the only one offended.

Anonymous said...

And these people, or this church, is a church of 20 people, all family members, doing this in the name of Christianity, because if they did it as just the crazy people they are, no one would pay attention...these people are not Christians.

Anonymous said...

12:23 I should have said that I think funerals are stupid personally and don't intend to have one. Of course it's fine if folks need to look at the dead and do whatever they need to do. I personally prefer to be remembered alive and kickin', plan to be donated to science, sliced up for education, cremated, and want my family to celebrate my LIFE, not my death, with a big party, food, drink, merriment. Makes a lot more sense and is a lot more healing. Now that's closure.

5:59 Bet your FAMILY is one red-necked bunch of trailer trash.

Anonymous said...

If they have a "right" to protest the funeral, then I should have the "right" to block them from a funeral with Hell's Angels if I choose. Where do they get off saying they have a "right" to this action. The right to free speech does not mean you can yell fire in a crowded theater whenever you choose. Rights come with responsibilities, too.