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Judge blocks Neb. ban on flag mutilation

September 3, 2010

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— A federal judge has permanently blocked enforcement of Nebraska’s ban on flag mutilation in a case brought by a member of Kansas’ Westboro Baptist Church.

In Thursday’s ruling, U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf says the law can’t be applied so long as church members “otherwise act peacefully while desecrating the American or Nebraska flag.” The ruling finalizes a July decision and closes the case.

Megan Phelps-Roper filed the lawsuit in July, saying the state law violates her right to free speech.

Westboro members protest at soldiers’ funerals because they believe U.S. troop deaths are punishment for the nation’s tolerance of homosexuality. Members often trample on, wear and display the American flag upside-down as part of their protests.

Comments

kansasmutt 4 years, 6 months ago

So, stepping on the american flag is ok ? WOW, i thought this country had some balls left, i gues not.

barlowtl 4 years, 6 months ago

Yes, there are many outrageous & hurtful things that are allowed in the name of free speech & most often they are done in an attempt to gain notoriety such as the planned burning of the Koran. Desecrations are usually done with things that are held sacred by another as a way of being hurtful but not accountable. We then often must decide which of our freedoms would we give up in order to curtail such actions. Which are so offensive that we would pay such a price? Living in a free society has never been easy. Perhaps that is why so many other countries have given up on it. It is very tempting at times to do likewise.

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