Government Rules Against Picketing Military Funerals
August 3, 2012
First Amendment, freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, Military funeral, Westboro Baptist Church
I’m close to 100% in favor of separation of Church and State, and unrestricted exercise of everyone’s rights as stated in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Even though I have virtually unlimited respect for the many and varied religions practiced in our great land, there does come a point where I cannot rationalize some actions as being a part of any religion.
Today I ran across the following paragraph in a HuffPost POLITICS news article:
Westboro Baptist Church protesters will soon be severely limited in their ability to disrupt military funerals, after Congress passed a sweeping veterans bill this week that includes restrictions on such demonstrations.
I was happy to realize, after reading the article, that the law applies to all picketing, not just that by church groups. Had it specified only church groups, it could be easily proved, in my opinion, that the Westboro Baptist group could probably be shown to not be a church group at all.