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Last week, U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell wrote that the state law could restrict the free speech rights of people in nearby homes, sidewalks and streets, even if they cannot be seen or heard by funeral participants.
Originally posted by iori_komei
Wha she should have ruled is that because it took away the right
of the funeral attendies to have a peaceful funeral.
Originally posted by wellwhatnow
No fallout from me.
To protest at a funeral just because you disagree with practices that take place elsewhere is simply misguided lunacy.
If those jerks want to stop homosexuality, protesting at a funeral isn't the way to do it. In every culture throughout history there have been gays. Trying to stop homosexuality is like trying to stop people from growing toenails. Still, if you want to try it, aim your protest in the right direction. You might as well try to end left handedness by protesting people using public restrooms. The two don't really connect.
In my opinion, grieving and burrying the dead should come before the right to protest.
The Rev. Fred Phelps, who heads the church, and the church have been sued in Maryland and Missouri by family members of dead soldiers.
Lutgens said Caldwell's ruling could impact the laws in other states, depending on how those laws are written and their similarities to Kentucky's statute. Phelps-Roper said other judges should follow Caldwell's lead and strike down laws barring funeral protests.
At their protests, members of the Kansas group carry such signs as "Thank God for IEDs," the improvised explosive devices used by insurgents in Iraq.