Arizona Lawmakers Move To Stop Westboro Protesters

Appalling and disgusting are probably two words that come to mind for many people upon hearing the news that Westboro Baptist Church planned to protest the funeral of the nine-year-old girl killed in the Arizona shooting.

Appalling and disgusting are probably two words that come to mind for many people upon hearing the news that Westboro Baptist Church planned to protest the funeral of the nine-year-old girl killed in the Arizona shooting. I'm sure many other words come to mind as well.

The small Kansas church makes headlines around the country for protesting at military funerals, saying the deaths are America's punishment from God for gay tolerance. The church most recently protested at the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards here in North Carolina.

Westboro Baptist said Tuesday it would protest the funeral of nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green, who was born on 9/11 and killed in the Arizona shooting, because "God sent the shooter to deal with idolatrous America," and because she is Catholic.

Tuesday afternoon Arizona lawmakers put an end to Westboro's plans by approving emergency legislation to prohibit protests at or near funeral sites.

While groups and individuals apparently have every right to protest at funerals, do you think they should? Do you think there should be some sort of measure nationwide to prevent such protests or do you think that doing so would infringe on First Amendment rights?

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  • by Twilla Location: Norman Oklahoma on Jan 15, 2011 at 05:42 PM
    Good for Arizona. Enough is enough, Freedom of speech should not apply to the crazy cults showing up at the funerals of fallen soldiers or children who are murdered to protest in the name of God. Really...this is unacceptable. The cult, who hide behind a religous name are exhibiting there radical signs only for attention. They WILL answer to God someday, hopefully sooner than later. Shame on them.
  • by Jeff Location: Greenville on Jan 14, 2011 at 04:44 AM
    I am all about a person's right to free speech, but when exercising that right causes harm to another person, it infringes on their rights. I have the right to run down the streets of Greenville, but if I run over a child that just happens to be in my way, I am liable for the injuries that result. These dirtbags will be held accountable before God. While we're at it, this is a great example of how extreme fringes give their group a bad name. Next time you want to condemn Muslims because a few nutjobs perpetrate acts of evil, remember that there are Christian groups that do this too. And yes, I am a Christian. God bless the families and friends of all of the victims in Arizona.
  • by Darla Watkins Location: Maysville, NC on Jan 12, 2011 at 09:44 AM
    This little girl had nothing to do with Gays or iolatous America, obviously she is an innocent by stander. There is not way there should be protesters at her funeral.
  • by Kimmy Location: Greenville on Jan 12, 2011 at 06:35 AM
    It is appalling that anyone would protest a funeral...whether it be our military, gay/lesbian, politician, child, or anyone who may have passed. The family and friends of the deceased should have a right to mourn their loved one and not have to worry about the about ignorant people like the ones at the Kansas church protesting. It is disgusting and very upsetting to see that they would do this at a child's furneral and at the funerals of our military who fight for us and our rights. Kudos to the lawmakers in Arizona...every state needs to prohibit protesting at all funeral sites.
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