Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Funeral Protest Restrictions Upheld

What ever happened to the Westboro Baptist Church whose right to protest at military funerals was upheld by the Supreme Court?  Apparently they are not finished with their legal battles as towns and states attempt to find the reasonable restrictions that may legally be imposed to protect grieving families from Westboro's particularly vile and intrusive form of protest. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has recently upheld a town ordinance in a St. Louis suburb preventing protests within 300 feet of a funeral service, during the service or within an hour before and after.  The Court ruled that the ordinance "survives First Amendment scrutiny because it serves a significant government interest, it is narrowly tailored, and it leaves open ample alternative channels for communication."

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