View Poll Results: Is protesting at funerals 'Free Speech'?

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  • It's harassment and should be illegal

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  • It's open to interpretation

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  • It's most certainly a form of protected free speech

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    Re: Is protesting at funerals 'free speech'?

    The unfortunate side effect of having rights is that sometimes people use those rights to be assholes. It is still better than not having the rights.
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    Re: Is protesting at funerals 'free speech'?

    I'm all for freedom of speech. But I think funerals should be somewhat excepted. People cannot always choose where they will bury their loved one(s). I understand if protesters are standing on public property, but if the burial plot is right next to the sidewalk, I really think something should be done to protect a group of people from one of the most difficult things they may have to go through in their lives.

    I don't really know if the law is the way to go, but I definitely think supporting groups like these guys IS. Home

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    Re: Is protesting at funerals 'free speech'?

    Threatening to kill someone is illegal right?

    What if you threaten the person in the casket at a funeral?


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    Re: Is protesting at funerals 'free speech'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    Threatening to kill someone is illegal right?

    What if you threaten the person in the casket at a funeral?
    There is no person in the casket, only a corpse, which is an object. Since it is impossible to threaten an object, there is no crime.

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    Re: Is protesting at funerals 'free speech'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Yes it is. They are on public property, they have the right to assemble, associate, and protest.
    Disagree vehemently!
    With "free" speech, responsibility and respect are a must.
    At a man's funeral, any protest is out or order.
    There can never be unlimited rights for anything.
    Man has had to fight for centuries for his rights, this would not be necessary but for those men who have no respect for others.

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    Re: Is protesting at funerals 'free speech'?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Disagree vehemently!
    With "free" speech, responsibility and respect are a must.
    At a man's funeral, any protest is out or order.
    There can never be unlimited rights for anything.
    Man has had to fight for centuries for his rights, this would not be necessary but for those men who have no respect for others.
    While freedom does come with many consequences and responsibilities, it does not entail curtailing the freedom of others because we don't happen to like what is said. Protest, assembly, and association must be upheld; there are necessities for these things. The rights of the funeral goers were not infringed upon by a protest across the street. And while it may be disrespectful, there's no law saying you have to be respectful. It's time that people man up and get some thick skin. People will always stay stupid, ignorant things since there will always be people in a society who are stupid and ignorant. That's that. If we believe in freedom and liberty, then we must accept that the stupid and ignorant will run their mouths from time to time and that's the end of it.
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    Re: Is protesting at funerals 'free speech'?

    I just don't know.

    On the one hand, I support unfettered free speech, as long as it doesn't infringe on the rights of others. (ie shouting fire in a crowded theater, libel and slander.)

    OTOH, doesn't a grieving family have a right to a respectful funeral? I've put a lot of people I loved in the ground... if some A-hole like the Phelps had been waving their signs across the street, I probably would have gone to prison, because I probably would have reacted badly.

    Isn't this kind of crap infringing on the family's right to bury a loved one in peace?

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    Re: Is protesting at funerals 'free speech'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coronado View Post
    There is no person in the casket, only a corpse, which is an object. Since it is impossible to threaten an object, there is no crime.
    joke
    n.
    1. Something said or done to evoke laughter or amusement, especially an amusing story with a punch line.
    2. A mischievous trick; a prank.
    3. An amusing or ludicrous incident or situation.


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    Re: Is protesting at funerals 'free speech'?

    Protesting Military funerals is harassment and slanderous - considering that all protests of this nature toss around slanderous statements concerning the deceased. . . and slander is NOT protected under the Constitution - it is unlawful and those in violation should be held accountable.

    I don't care if people want to protest the government or military action, but taking advantage of a fallen soldier (or politician, etc) to do so is unacceptable.

    It's quite pathetic that so many people in this country fail to see the line and respect the line and not cross it.
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    Re: Is protesting at funerals 'free speech'?

    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkenAsparagus View Post
    As much as I'd like to punch Fred Phelps in the face, as lon as they aren't disrupting the service than it is.
    It's like the old saying.

    "I do not agree with what you say, but i will defend to the death your right to say it"

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