That question isn't relevant, because the funeral was not disrupted. It's also a false dichotomy. It is possible for people to protest AND for the funeral to be conducted in peace. In fact, that's exactly what happened in the case in question.That is do people at a funeral not have the right to bury their dead in peace.
http://www.debatepolitics.com/polls/...post1058687108 (Is protesting at funerals 'free speech'?)
However, if it was a choice between upholding free speech and protecting people from hearing it, I'll vote in favor of free speech every time. It is the speech that offends me that is in the most need of protection.
Last edited by Catz Part Deux; 04-14-10 at 01:08 PM.
I suppose this would be an example of exercising one's freedom of speech. However, a furneral isn't the forum I'd choose to voice my grievences publically. I just don't think protesting during a funeral whether the protesters can be heard or not is the proper venue for one's voice to be heard. Let the dead whomever he or she may be, whatever he or she might have done right or wrong, be buried in peace.
Emotional injury is not relevant. They could also have said, "I don't like you and someday you will burn in hell." That could cause emotional inury. It is not illegal.