Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Legislation to ban protests at the funerals of Iraq war casualties organised by a far-right religious group

Our Lt Gov Pat Quinn's work is getting noticed in the UK! From Harry's Place.
The doings of fundamentalist zealots, attitudes to homosexuality and the war in Iraq: These topics appear regularly on Harry's Place but not always in the same story:

US STATES are planning legislation to ban protests at the funerals of Iraq war casualties organised by a far-right religious group which believes that the deaths are divine retribution for American tolerance of homosexuality. Pastor Fred Phelps and his congregation have staged demonstrations at around 80 funerals. The website of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas contains the following message: “They turned America over to fags, they’re coming home in body bags.”

Legislators in Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Oklahoma are now considering bills to keep such protests at least 300ft away from funeral services.

Any attempt to stop the protests is likely to trigger a debate about whether it restricts Americans’ constitutional right to free speech.

2 comments:

Joel Monka said...

Here in Indiana the legislation may prove unnecessary. I heard a news story this morning that a group of bikers formed a scrimmage line between the grieving family and the protesters, and intend to keep doing so in the future. The protesters, not yet ready to be martyred for their faith, left quietly.

Bill Baar said...

good...glad to hear that Joel.