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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