…and while I understand the sentiment behind the bill, I think it’s unconstitutional. That’s based on my layperson’s understanding of free speech; Wheeler, feel free to weigh in with the expert’s opinion.
The bill targets Fred Phelps and his minions from the Westboro Baptist “Church”, who have graduated from picketing the funerals of AIDS patients and victims of gay-bashings to demonstrating at military funerals with hateful signs and bullhorns.
Apparently Fred is too much even for the folks at the Free Republic, who are usually quite “free” (excuse the pun) with their homophobic comments (Pam Spaulding at Pam’s House Blend sometimes dives into the swamp there to bring back some of the most colorful ones). A freeper group protested Fred’s most recent funeral appearance.
I guess the one good thing about Fred is that he unites people from across the political spectrum in a mass outpouring of disgust at his bigotry. It’s just too bad we didn’t get this upset when they were picketing at the funerals of Matthew Shepard and Billy Jack Gaither.