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Do you think the U.S. Constitution should protect the Phelpses right to protest soldiers’ funerals?

Response Percent Votes
81% 198
16% 41
I don’t know
1% 3
Total 242


Randall Barnes 7 years, 8 months ago

As much as i dislike the phelps family and what they stand for,please remember this is america and we do have a freedom of speach.

Jim Phillips 7 years, 8 months ago

I have to agree. Their right to be controversial, distasteful, and disgustingly stupid is Constitutionally protected. I think the key is trying to balance the Phelps' right to protest against the rights of the family to have a peaceful and respecful service. I don't think there is anything wrong with establishing some sort of "neutral zone" between the two factions.

booyalab 7 years, 8 months ago

Of course, the constitution protects anyone's right to protest something, but not in every venue under every circumstance. In this case, I think the tort claim was valid because any normal-thinking person would look at holding up signs containing pointlessly insulting messages at a private funeral and think, "yeah, that definitely was an intentional inflection of emotional distress".

Jeremiah Jefferson 7 years, 8 months ago

His protests infringe upon the rights of others and thats violating the constitutional rights of the people who are gathering for a peacefull memorial service. He can protest just as easily somewhere else to get his message across. If he wants to piss and moan about the military, he should go to congress or the pentagon, not to some poor guys fueneral who got smoked so he could have that right. Besides what kind of person waits till some one is getting planted to mount an attack on them? Phelps is a coward and should be beaten severely.

pace 7 years, 8 months ago

I think we should have the right of silence, not just of speech, when we bury our children, fathers, brothers, sisters, mothers. They have freedom of speech, it should be exercised a distance away from a funeral or wedding, so not to infringe on our right of privacy. Let them say what they want, just not drown out the dirge.

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