(if I am not mistaken this is the most signatures on a single petition in the history of the site. Edit to add:
stand corrected with the gun control issue. Thank you 1/2 Nephilim)
I laid down for a nap and come back to 2 more pages on my thread. Thank you. I would also like to thank everyone who has posted for keeping it civil
and in the form of a discussion rather than a urinating match.
I agree with Beezzer in that Free Speech is Free Speech. We should have the right to speak our minds as we see fit but unfortunately this is taken to
the extreme such as it is in many cases dealing with groups like WMC. All too often the Freedom of Speech has been used to completely disregard
respect and to completely slough off responsibility. It has become a tool to assert assumed authority and mob type mentality. I think that respect was
assumed and therefore left out of the Bill of Rights, but as times and mentalities have changed this assumption is being used against us. They do have
the right to say as they wish and I will defend it, but it is the way they are going about it, with total disregard to respect and lack of taking
responsibility that bothers me.
Unfortunately or fortunately, however you choose to see it, our right to Freedom of Speech has already been limited and this petition is using those,
politically correct, loopholes in order to force limitation. This is becoming more and more an issue with things like the Patriot Act and the War on
Terror coming into place. In some ways, in this situation, I am glad that people are telling the Government that they want WMC to take responsibility
for what they are doing to others. As I see it they are violating the Rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. I don't think that one
Right can over shadow another for a single parties agenda, however, there have been many changes, good and bad, that have come of these types of
I think I am in agreement with limiting where picketing can take place. We do have the Right to picket but nowhere does it say we can do it wherever
we wish. This is the second time, by my memory, that WMC has done this with funerals in order to push their limited agendas. I disagree with this
100%. If they feel the need to say what they need to say they can do it without disrupting the Right to gather of those that are participating in the
funerals not their Right to Travel in the process of gathering.
Are they a hate group? Yes, I think they are, in fact by the laws of today I think they even borderline being considered terrorists as they do create
fear for those having to come into proximity of their pickets. I am not sure what the answer is but I am glad this situation and that group are being
put into this situation as it MAY help in the long run. Unfortunately, the U.S. Government has a history of not attempting to find a happy medium and
limiting our Rights instead and this is what scares me the most.
edit on 17-12-2012 by Agarta because: (no reason given)