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    Re: Arizona legislature passes bill limiting funeral protests

    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    The Arizona Legislature unanimously has passed a bill meant to stop church from protesting at funerals of Tucson shooting victims.

    The vote was 29-0 in the state Senate and 58-0 in the state House. A spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer earlier told CNN that she was prepared to sign the bill.


    Tucson, Arizona (CNN) -- The Arizona legislature is expected to pass legislation Tuesday targeting a Kansas church whose members have announced they plan to picket the funerals of the victims of Saturday's shootings in Tucson.

    The proposed legislation would make it a misdemeanor to protest within 300 feet of a funeral from one hour before until one hour after a funeral, a spokesman for the state House said.

    The action, according to House spokesman Daniel Scarpinato, is in direct response to the Westboro Baptist Church's announcement that it will picket the funeral of Christina Green, the 9-year-old who was among six people killed during Saturday's attempted assassination of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona.

    The controversial church, based in Topeka, has made its name by staging protests at funerals of people who died of AIDS, gay people, soldiers and even Coretta Scott King.

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    Arizona lawmakers take up funeral protest legislation - CNN.com

    Once again Arizona shows it's legislators will do what is necessary vs. waiting on our federal legislators that are worthless as a tit on a boar hog. God help those that try and strike this down.
    WTF Did a 9 year old do to deserve such a ****ed up response from that ****ed up so called church? You know, I'm all for freedom of speech, press, and religion but these freaking people need to GO!
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    Re: Arizona legislature passes bill limiting funeral protests

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    The notion of protesting this little girl's funeral is disgusting, but "to hell with the Constitution"? Really!?!? Thank you, though, for confirming what many of us already think is the agenda of the left...
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    Re: Arizona legislature passes bill limiting funeral protests

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    Godammit, how come no-one tells me what my agenda is? I hate finding out like this.
    Your agenda is to secure the legal superiority of Koalas over people, don't play dumb.
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    Re: Arizona legislature passes bill limiting funeral protests

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    Your agenda is to secure the legal superiority of Koalas over people, don't play dumb.
    Well Koala's lready have moral, physical, and metaphysical superiority over people, legal is the last step to world domination....err...I mean...I have no idea what you're talking about.
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    Re: Arizona legislature passes bill limiting funeral protests

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    Godammit, how come no-one tells me what my agenda is? I hate finding out like this.
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    Re: Arizona legislature passes bill limiting funeral protests

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    This is a blatant violation of the constitution and they know it but yet they enacted it anyways because they know it will be some time before a judge will overturn it. How is this any better than libs ****tig on the constitution in DC,Chicago or some other place to ban or severely restrict firearms because they know it will be some time before it gets overturned. Not only is this a blatant violation of the constitution but a blatant misuse of the courts.
    There are limits to how much the Constitution will protect a persons right to free speech and to assemble peaceably to protest. This is one of the few things that should be protected against such reprehensible behavior. This 9 year old girl had done nothing in her very short life to warrant the Phelps clans intrusion into her funeral. The ONLY reason that they are doing so is to push an agenda on others. Its not even about the girl. It's about the "fame" it will bring them. As far as I am concerned those people are no better than any extremist muslim that shouts "DEATH TO AMERICA" as he flips the switch to blow himself up. Wait no...there is a difference. At least with the muslim terrorist we will no longer have to hear his crap again.

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    Re: Arizona legislature passes bill limiting funeral protests

    I'm really torn on this.

    On the one hand, I find the Phelps clan and their hate repugnant, and I'm ecstatic that they won't be able to bother the grieving family of a murdered 9-year old at her funeral.

    On the other hand, it is a restriction on free speech, which is generally a bad thing.

    However, some restrictions on free speech are necessary, and in this case it's a beneficial restriction, and I don't really see it as all that different from requiring permits to have a rally or something like that.

    On the other hand it could lead to more restrictions in the future (though it hopefully won't).

    I'm honestly unsure how I feel on this.
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    Re: Arizona legislature passes bill limiting funeral protests

    It is against the law in most places to publically incite to riot or incite violence.

    Personally I think the Phelp's actions incite violence... IIRC they have been attacked or threatened more than once.

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    Re: Arizona legislature passes bill limiting funeral protests

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Yeah its ****ed up that assholes want to protest at this little girl's funeral but the government state or federal should not be passing unconstitutional laws.
    Absolutely agree, couldn't have put it better myself, mate.

    By "to hell with the constitution" I take it he meant "lets change the constitution", not "lets make a law in violation of the constitution anyway". Could be wrong, meh, doesn't really matter.

    I'm very against any measures to limit the speech of Phelps and his church. I agree with him more than anyone, heck, I'm an Atheist, but that doesn't mean he can't speak.

    Free speech is not free unless offensive speech is protected
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    Re: Arizona legislature passes bill limiting funeral protests

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    There are limits to how much the Constitution will protect a persons right to free speech and to assemble peaceably to protest. This is one of the few things that should be protected against such reprehensible behavior. This 9 year old girl had done nothing in her very short life to warrant the Phelps clans intrusion into her funeral. The ONLY reason that they are doing so is to push an agenda on others. Its not even about the girl. It's about the "fame" it will bring them. As far as I am concerned those people are no better than any extremist muslim that shouts "DEATH TO AMERICA" as he flips the switch to blow himself up. Wait no...there is a difference. At least with the muslim terrorist we will no longer have to hear his crap again.

    You can call me out on how wrong I am and you can even call me anti-american all you want. It won't bother me in the slightest. Because in this one case... I. Don't. Care.
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