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March 12, 2008

Are you a good lobbyist or a bad lobbyist? and other exciting links.

Filed under: Food, General, kansas city, politics — Tags: , , — akcb @ 12:33 am

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  1. With all due respect, sweetie — you’re wrong. The funeral “protest”* ordinances are not a free speech or First Amendment issue anymore than the idiots across the street blasting their car stereos at 3 a.m. is.

    It’s a nuisance and nothing more, so it merits no constitutional protection. Well, in the WBC’s case, it’s also intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, and possibly intrusion on seclusion, and incitement when it occasions others to respond with violence, as it sometimes does.

    As to the First Amendment, the government cannot single WBC out as a group, nor can it say something like “anybody can speak in the park but not about homosexuality.” The ordinances are non-discriminatory and content-neutral, which is to say that it doesn’t merely prohibit WBC from “protesting” funerals — it prohibits EVERYONE from “protesting” funerals.

    The right to a reasonable expectation of privacy and a certain amount of dignity at the site of funeral proceedings trumps any so-called right the WBC claims to flood the vicinity with their torrents of verbal diarrhea. And even if that were not true, because the funeral can NOT be held elsewhere on short notice, but the “protest” can, it must give way.

    [* I sarcasm-quote “protest” because their blatherings are no more intended to call for a legitimate redress of grievances than the honking of geese.]

    Comment by Maureen — April 2, 2008 @ 11:27 pm


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