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

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    Is protesting at funerals 'free speech'?

    I'm sure you've heard the story:

    FOXNews.com - Father of Dead Marine Wages Court Battle Against Funeral Protests

    What do you think? Is protesting at funerals free speech that should be protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution?

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    Re: Is protesting at funerals 'free speech'?

    Depends on what you mean by "at" funerals. If they are disrupting the services, then it is not free speech; if they are not interfering with the procession, then it is free speech.

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    Re: Is protesting at funerals 'free speech'?

    Yes it is. They are on public property, they have the right to assemble, associate, and protest.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Is protesting at funerals 'free speech'?

    Absolutely. I've said it before and I'll say it again - to truly be a proponent of free speech, you have to defend that which you don't believe just as loudly as that which you do.

    To claim First Amendment rights only on your own beliefs is almost as hypocritical as you can get.

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    Re: Is protesting at funerals 'free speech'?

    If they are on public property and don't interfere with the private proceedings in any way, then it is free speech. If, however, they are interrupting the service through loud shouting, etc., though, they may be violating local noise ordinances and should be charged/fined/held civilly liable.

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    Re: Is protesting at funerals 'free speech'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Absolutely. I've said it before and I'll say it again - to truly be a proponent of free speech, you have to defend that which you don't believe just as loudly as that which you do.

    To claim First Amendment rights only on your own beliefs is almost as hypocritical as you can get.
    What if they're disrupting the services? Do I have the right to scream in your ear, or to shout down a lawful gathering?

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    Re: Is protesting at funerals 'free speech'?

    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.
    Last edited by DrunkenAsparagus; 04-13-10 at 04:08 PM.
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    Re: Is protesting at funerals 'free speech'?

    It's pretty much equal to calling a person's mom a bitch.
    "The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."

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    Re: Is protesting at funerals 'free speech'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gander View Post
    What if they're disrupting the services? Do I have the right to scream in your ear, or to shout down a lawful gathering?
    No. Most jurisdictions have noise ordinances that prohibit such activities.

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    Re: Is protesting at funerals 'free speech'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    It's pretty much equal to calling a person's mom a bitch.
    Some people's moms ARE bitches.

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