California Gov. Brown deals blow to Westboro Baptist Church

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) – California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday which makes it a crime to protest a funeral unless the protesters are at least 300 feet (91 meters) away, the governor’s office said. The bill is mainly in response to controversial demonstrations by the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church.

Senate Bill 661, written by Democratic State Senator Ted Lieu, creates limitations on speech to protect grieving families from disruptive protests during funerals. The state joins more than 40 other states and the federal government which have already placed similar restrictions on funeral protests and picketing.


Good for the Governor. :thumbsup:


Indeed. Funerals are a solemn time of paying respect to the dead, regardless of religion or lack there-of. They are not a time to be bombarded by misguided misanthropes bent of spreading hatred and lies.

Any attorneys out there who can answer a question? Why didn’t the Supreme Court declare these protests to be a heckler’s veto that interfere with the mourners’ free speech expression of respect for the deceased? Hmm? :hmmm:

When Fred Phelps dies, his grieving family might have to employ a military guard to hold back the cheering crowd.
That`d be ironic.

I’m all for freedom of speech, but not at such times. Funerals should be respected as solemn occasions and not be interfered with by hate groups.

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