Finally someone took the steps to ban protests at military funerals without taking away anyone’s rights, including the families of the fallen to grieve in peace, but the ACLU wants to restore the right of a group to protest.
St. Charles County Council Votes To Ban Protest At Funerals
Ban Aimed At Military Funerals In Unincorporated County Areas
By Sean Conroy
10:23 p.m. CST, November 29, 2010
St. Charles, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com) — “Even in the crucial and ugly days of Vietnam respect and dignity lived on,” says Arch Riggenberg a Vietnam veteran who emotionally spoke before the St. Charles County Council. Riggenberg asked for passage of a controversial bill that aims to regulate anyone who tries to protest at a funeral.
“This is the right thing to do,” says Councilmember Joe Brazil. While the ordinance will apply to every funeral it is admittedly designed to protect military funerals from protests by Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas who use military funerals to protest homosexuality.
“This is about the families” says County Executive Steve Ehlmann, “this is about government trying to do something to protect their privacy.”
While those who spoke in favor shout their defense of the constitution, that’s what ACLU attorneys say they will be doing by challenging this law in court.
St Charles County votes to ban protests at military funerals
The ACLU fight to protect the rights of all people under the laws of this nation but they are ignoring the rights of the families of the fallen who died protecting those rights while serving in the military. This rule allows the Westboro group to protest an hour before the funeral and an hour after, while they can still stand on the road during the procession. What they can no longer do is take away the families right to have peace as they bury their dead. It would have been wonderful if the ACLU filed suit to protect these families instead of the people causing all the harm. Free speech is a wonderful thing and should be protected, even when it is filled with hate, but no one should be forced to hear them say it.