Did Gov. Bobby Jindal censor Westboro Baptist’s free speech?

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(RNS1-OCT06) Protesters from Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court as justices debated how far Phelps' free speech rights go. For use with RNS-PHELPS-SCOTUS and RNS-PHELPS-SCENE, transmitted Oct. 6, 2010. RNS photo

(RNS1-OCT06) Protesters from Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court as justices debated how far Phelps' free speech rights go. For use with RNS-PHELPS-SCOTUS and RNS-PHELPS-SCENE, transmitted Oct. 6, 2010. RNS photo

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(RNS) In response to the Louisiana governor's order barring Westboro protesters from the funerals of two shooting victims, church leader Benjamin Phelps said in a YouTube video that “God sent the shooter.”

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  • Dominic

    The Westboro church should be banned from all funerals. It is not the place for any type of protest.

  • Rafael

    Unless they infringe on other people’s rights, they have a right to peaceable protest. Few agree with them, many are offended by them, but nobody is harmed by them. Free speech isn’t just speech you agree with.

  • Tony Paxton

    I am all about free speech, and I fully understand their right to a peaceable protest. But there is a point where tolerance is wrong. If they were protesting my childs funeral, I don’t think anyone could hold me back, and then I would be the one in jail for their provocation. Free speech is already limited. I can’t say to someone I am going to kill you. I can’t say in an airport I have a bomb. I can’t say something that is defamatory or libelous that harms another person. A family’s right to have a peaceable ceremony for their deceased without interruption is not trumped by some groups overzealous posturing. Protesting a funeral is an example that should be be criminalized…take your protest somewhere else and allow the family to grieve…you know, the way your family was able to grieve when Fred passed away. The fact that it is not yet a crime to protest a funeral does not make it right.

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  • Dominic

    You are over worshipping the idea of free speech. Protesting at a person’s funeral is not what the Founding Fathers had in mind. A funeral is a private ceremony held to comfort a grieving family. Protestors should be allowed only outside a 10 mile radius of the service. No human being should be exposed to this type of behavior. The Constitution is not a sacred document…..common sense needs to be applied when interpreting it. Crazies need to bee contained.