Advertisement

Archive for Wednesday, December 1, 2010

St. Charles County passes funeral protest banaimed at Westboro Baptist Church members

December 1, 2010

Advertisement

— The American Civil Liberties Union plans to sue to block an ordinance banning protests near funerals in St. Charles County.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the council voted Monday to adopt the ordinance. Councilman Joe Brazil says the goal is to keep grieving families free of harassment.

ACLU attorney Tony Rothert says he had hoped the council would wait until the courts ruled on a Nebraska law that the St. Charles County measure is patterned after.

Members of Westboro Baptist Church, based in Topeka, Kan., frequently hold anti-gay signs at the funerals of soldiers, contending that their death is God's punishment for what they see as the nation's tolerance of gays.

Earlier in November, a judge signed a consent agreement barring the St. Francois County, Mo., sheriff from enforcing a protest ban at funerals.

Comments

TopJayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

It is all about money. I have been saying this on this forum for several yrs. Glad some of you are starting to pay attention. Cait our Constitution does not work in an arbitrary manner as you suggest. Stick with Canada.

0

Christine Anderson 3 years, 4 months ago

Hey everyone, if we all happen to still be around when Fred kicks the bucket and moves on to a warmer climate, I hope to see huge parties break out.

0

Christine Anderson 3 years, 4 months ago

Hey everyone, if we all happen to still be around when Fred kicks the bucket and moves on to a warmer climate, I hope to see huge parties break out.

0

pace 3 years, 4 months ago

I believe in the freedom of speech except I don't think people should be allowed to say or write ain't . It is not a word. It won't kill anyone to not say ain't, there are other words, there is no reason they should use ain't. Ain't is not a word, should not fall under free speech. It is not a real word, so it isn't protected. It is clear as day to me that people who insist they have the right to say ain't, have no respect for language and I mean the American language. I have heard about the constitution all my life and it clearly doesn't protect words that aren't really words.

0

verity 3 years, 4 months ago

While I believe that a law protecting funerals as being private could be written so as to be constitutional, these laws are really just playing into the Phelps' hands. Ignore, ignore, ignore. No media attention. No law suits. Put groups of people between them and the mourners or any non-violent and legal way of keeping them out of sight, but just turn your back and ignore them. We should never lower ourselves to their level and they have taken up way too much of our time.

After having read the story of one of the children who escaped, I have more sympathy than anything for these tortured people. Well, not for Fred, but the rest of the family on whom he inflicted his viciousness. Unfortunately, one either had to flee or adapt.

0

oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 4 months ago

they protest the military but their own father, Fred, couldn't muster enough to go to Westpoint. why couldn't Fred hack Wespoint? Does margey phelps know or the wife of Fred. I don't believe his baptist revival caused him to leave the methodist church..Fred couldn't hack the idea of going to the service, Fred was a wimp hiding behind the bible and the family perpetuates their own father's sadness..way to go, and to drag those little kids into it as well,

And one asks why Foreigners laugh at America.

0

Kris_H 3 years, 4 months ago

This law will be a costly mistake for St. Charles County. I figured out a long time ago that part of their whole scam is to get government entities to pass just such laws against them. Then they end up in court, and when they win, which they have consistently done, they get to collect attorney's fees from the oppostion. Guess whose family cult consists largely of attorneys and guess who they represent in court?

That's right. This is feeding this bunch just what they want.

0

ksrush 3 years, 4 months ago

Seeing that St Louis is the most dangerous city in America - again, I think it would be great for Freddy to go protest there. St Charles is basically a suburb of St Louis now so it would be good for him to get a taste of the hospitality, at point blank range. Welcome Fred

0

ferrislives 3 years, 4 months ago

As much as I hate to say it, I think that the case against the Westboro Church will go in favor of the church's 1st amendment right to free speech. Unfortunately, they do have a right to say whatever they want to say if it doesn't come up as one of the exceptions to the law.

I do like cait48's idea though; very "outside of the box" as they say. Those families should give it some thought.

0

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 4 months ago

I really think this should be fought in civil courts emphasizing right to privacy. Funerals are no more public events than weddings or births. Even if they are well within their legal right to "free speech" they are making it publicly known that they are targeting a private event and deliberately causing personal pain in the process. I say let them come then sue the hell out of them for mental anguish and request punitive damages. Drive them into bankruptcy.

0

kernal 3 years, 4 months ago

banaimed = squished word which is okay? What? Let's just squish the entire English language to suit our on individual needs and converse in Tweet. Then no1wlnowhtny1stlknabt. Gtit? GdGd!

0

lawslady 3 years, 4 months ago

People like these hate mongers are the canaries of freedom. As long as they are free to spew their bile, we all know our rights are safe too. But LOVE the response in Harrisonville. When ignoring them (or laughing at them) won't work - which is what usually works with evil - bringing loving folks together is good! http://www.kansascity.com/2010/11/23/2467169/in-harrisonville-thousands-line.html Hope to see more of the same from now on! (But beware; if thwarted they can and probably will esculate - they hope to be martyrs and get attention. So be peaceful, loving, and kind - let them do the hate thing).

0

RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 4 months ago

'banaimed' ?

It's cool, it's in the AP Stylebook. (The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law)

" Due to the Twitter effect, it is perfectly acceptable to squish two words together"

0

Amy Heeter 3 years, 4 months ago

Do any of you people remember learning about the bill of rights? While the ACLU may offend some for who they are protecting it is important to remember that they are also protecting your rights.

0

ferrislives 3 years, 4 months ago

I knew the ACLU was out of control when they decided to defend NAMBLA. They lost all credibility with that choice.

0

Armored_One 3 years, 4 months ago

Why not just deny them a permit to protest?

0

Tom Shewmon 3 years, 4 months ago

As long as the left is OK with the ACLU defending pedophiles or terrorists, they should be OK with them representing the Phelp's or the KKK, no?

0

James Sneegas 3 years, 4 months ago

The ACLU and organizations like them are helping to run this country into the ground and when it's down for the count lets see what they do to help!! I suspect they will not be heard from again after their mission is accomplished.

0

Commenting has been disabled for this item.