A new bill on veterans affairs is waiting for President Barack Obama’s signature. If passed, this bill would expand restrictions on protests at military funerals, such as the ones carried out by the Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas.
The bill, which received final Congressional approval Tuesday, demands protesters stay at least 300 feet away from military funerals starting two hours before the ceremony begins and two hours after it ends. If protesters violate this rule, they could face fines and up to two years in prison.
The bill allows for protests to continue as long as they stay a required distance away from funerals. No rights have been or will ever be violated in this matter.
What’s strange to me is the same people that want Westboro to hush are the same people that complain when a law is devised to remedy a solution that takes into account every person who is affected and their constitutional rights.
It can’t be both ways. Time, place, and manner constraints are 100% legal and constitutional if the law put into place carries out a governmental interest that does not specifically censor or inhibit the rights of a specific group (i.e. WBC).
The SERVE Act does just that. Westboro continues to protest, and military families and friends can bury their loved ones in peace, honor, dignity, and respect.
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