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Should Westboro Baptist Church be allowed to use the claims "freedom of religion" and "free speech" as an excuse to harass those who don't fit their status quo?

Should Westboro Baptist Church be allowed to use the claims "freedom of religion" and "free speech" as an excuse to harass those who don't fit their status quo?
  • Americans are sensitive

    Freedom of speech must be upheld. So should freedom of religion. Just because a few people find what they say to be offensive, doesn't mean that we should limit people's rights to say whatever they please. No matter how offensive, racist, communist, etc... Someone is when they express themselves, they must still be allowed - and encouraged - to express their views if this is to remain a free democratic country.

  • Not at all.

    That's just plane mean im a Christan but you don't see me going up to gays and atheists and saying your going to hell, what is this the medevel ages where we burn people at the stake, no this is the 20th century, there soooo lucky this isn't some country like Afghanistan, because if thy were there there wouldn't be a west bro Baptist church because they don't care about a freedom of speech and religion, because they don't have one and were lucky we do so they should stop abusing are rights and go pout about it somewhere else, and stop harassing people, they act like five year old who didn't get there cookie. Harassment is harassment they should not try and hide behind are rights and destroy them and this country.

  • No it should not.

    The westboro church is well known for being very vocal and in your face about their beliefs. I think it is terrible and makes Christians look bad. They are ruining their own religion and making others think badly of people who actually believe in God and his teachings. They should not use freedom of religion and speech as a means of harassment nor should it stick ever. They need to be stopped.

  • Harassment is a restrainable offense.

    Freedom of speech is not denied by restricting access.

    Protests against wealth and power are routinely forced into areas not selected by the protesters. The restriction of access to harass grieving families is a far more reasonable action.

    Since we can not bury our families in our homes, it is reasonable to extend that privacy protection to the required site. Funerals have long been afforded special status, we have all waited in traffic for them to pass, and while that may be annoying, we allow it as a society out of respect for religious observance, and to extend that privacy protection to the burial site from people who are there simply to harass (and who could reasonably obtain a is a protection of speech and religious freedom.

    In Texas, the Westboro activities are expressly (and reasonably) regarded as a breach of peace. Penal Code, Title 9, Section 42


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