“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
We've got plenty of laws on the books that, if challenged, would probably be found unconstitutional. This sounds like it is specifically about military funerals. If we can't protect our fallen soldiers and their families, this isn't the USA.
Thank you, Quazi!
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
I appreciate the sentiment behind it but I am not in favor of such legislation and my guess is it will eventually make it to SCOTUS. First, is this really a big enough issue to pass a law over? There is just one sh!tty family out there that does this and it is to the point now that when it happens other people and organizations block them anyway. Everyone knows who the WBBC are and that they are universally hated so nobody should take them seriously anyway.
Second, if you are going to pass such a law why just for veterans? WBBC doesn’t just protest veterans’ funerals. So, they aren’t allowed to protest MY funeral but they can protest my parents’ or my brothers’? WTF?
As a career member of the military I see such anti-free speech laws as more a slap in the face to my service than anything WBBC could ever do. I feel the same about flag burning. You want to honor those who served? Then keep your hands off the very document we swore to defend. Sounds cheesy, but that is how I feel.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
There is a time and a place for everything, and at a funeral is no time for a protest. There can be limits on free speech, just like limits on private gun ownership. You can't own a machine gun without a permit, that's been the law since the 1930's (to stop Bonnie and Clyde outlaws), and its a good law IMO. I applaud congress on this.
I would picket westboro funerals...but honestly they are such a miniscule version...and not worth me losing touch with Christ over.
The Crowd is not the sum of its parts.
No, sorry Westboro
Being a d-bag is NOT your constitutional right
Seriously? Why does anyone have a problem with this? Ooohhh it's "unconstitutional"!
You don't have the right to cause other people emotional trauma, and that's that.
"I mean, everybody should have access to medical care. And, you know, it shouldn't be such a big deal."
-Dr. Paul Farmer
So awesome to see people piss on the Bill of Rights.
You either believe in freedom of assembly and freedom of speech, or you don't. Congress is explicitly forbidden from doing this in plain English in the document that justifies the existence of a Congress.
Free speech rights aren't there for popular speech. Popular speech doesn't need protection.