about Westboro Baptist Church’s right to protest funerals. Well let me adjust that; since it currently falls within their free speech rights to protest funerals, I guess I am not. They are allowed to do it. Even allowed are their current plans of protesting the funeral of that 9 year old girl who was just killed in the “Arizona shootings.” But this may be an area where I might support a constitutional exception, similar to the idea of not being able to yell “fire” in a crowded movie theater – make funerals off limits for picketing/protesting. I don’t like the idea af haphazardly changing constitutional exceptions, but what would the ramifications of this type of change really be? Thoughts?
I stand at a constitutional crossroads.
They must read my stuff! :
Tucson, Arizona (CNN) — The Arizona State Legislature is expected to pass legislation Tuesday that will bar protesters at funerals from getting within 300 feet of services, a spokesman for the state Senate said.
The action, according to Senate spokesman Daniel Scarpinato, is in direct response to a controversial church’s announcement that it will picket the funeral of Christina Green, the 9-year-old who was one of six people killed Saturday during the attempted assassination of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
And for my next prediction, Westboro Baptist Church fights Arizona’s legistature in fedral court regarding the unconstitutionality of their “funeral protest” law . . . and will probably win. Woot!