Why silence them? They do more to awaken people to the insanity of fundy literalism and the depths it can go to then any type of rational argument.
The WBC is the answer to the silence and tolerance of the religious liberal. If they don't want them representing the faithful...then it is up to THEM to silence their own.
If they don't take steps to distance themselves from the WBC then they have only themselves to blame for the negative associations the rest of us make. It is their silence on the subject that speaks the LOUDEST.
So I say.....give the wacko WBC megaphones and their own show on the discovery channel... put it on right after 19 and counting..(another wacko religious family)
"Why silence them?"
Because they are directly targeting and harassing people who are already experiencing intense emotional pain. I don't think I'm alone in wanting far less to silence the WBC and far more to protect grieving families.
It's not the WBC's message I would hope for the law to restrict; it is the WBC's actions under extremely specific circumstances that provide no tangible impediment to them delivering their message.
Join the others who protest against WBC or better yet it would work best if everyone ignored them.
They want attention so don't give it to them.
They're a cult once Fred is dead they'll either splinter or diminish.
What happened to the reasoning of Chaplinsky v New Hampshire?
The Court, in a unanimous decision, upheld the arrest. Writing the decision for the Court, Justice Frank Murphy advanced a “two-tier theory” of the First Amendment. Certain “well‐defined and narrowly limited” categories of speech fall outside the bounds of constitutional protection. Thus, “the lewd and obscene, the profane, the libelous,” and (in this case) insulting or “fighting” words neither contributed to the expression of ideas nor possessed any “social value” in the search for truth.
After you figure this out let me know how to get the media to stop writing about Sarah Palin.
I think people enjoy watching train wrecks.
Westboro has every right to protest. A cemetary is a private area - the Westboro folks aren't at the burial site.
Celebrate the triumph of free speech. Even free speech you despise.
"I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend unto death your right to say it."
If you oppose the right of anyone to speak their mind (even if you doubt they have one), you oppose free speech.