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Mitch jumps on that slippery slope with both feet. Too bad. It may be possible to craft a protest law that doesn't do harm to the Bill of Rights (I'd bee all for it), but that doesn't describe the Missouri law. The following is technically against the law according to the language of MO the law: If a funeral procession passes by a labor picket line, those striking workers have broken the law. The MO law makes no attempt to define intention. It says nothing about who or what you may be protesting. It takes out of play a large swath of civic space for protest of ANY kind.--A. Cline
I think Mitch's column was right on target. Nothing in the First Amendment gives you the right to be a . . . jerk. You have the right to peaceably assemble and there's the rub: Westboro just ain't peaceable.You can say any damn thing you want to in this country: that's what makes America a beautiful place to live. Personally, if these protesters set up shop on my land, I'd shoot them for a stranger.Folks can shout "free speach" all they want, but no one gives you the right to scream "fire" in a crowded theater. And to the WBC: if you scream "fag" at a soldier's funeral, don't come crying to me when someone kicks your sorry ass back to Kansas.
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