http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.allproudamericans.com%2FHarassing-the-Families-of-Dead-Soldiers.html&h=71b28 Supreme Court justices seemed troubled and divided Wednesday as they questioned whether a small Kansas church could be punished for mounting a protest that many found contemptible outside a military funeral. PROTESTS AND THE CONSTITUTION: I agree as far as the right to free speech is concerned. But people should be required to protest, not at the funerals, but anywhere else. Preferably farther away from funerals than 100 feet, and out of sight of the event. Freedom of speech does not give the inherent right to abuse the constitution when people find it suitable. There is also this HUMANE thing called common human decency and respect for another’s right to take care of its business, whether one agrees with it or not.
Just because one is against the war, does not give them the right under the Constitution to belittle those in the coffins no less, or to heckle their loved ones while they try to carry out the humble task of burying a fallen soldier. If people cannot respect that really sacred task on their own, then the law should mandate that they do. But on the other hand, someone will gripe that government interferes with ones’ rights, even those mentioned. Unless the law specifies the correct or desired procedure, this will continue to happen. These people are mindless of the pain and trauma they cause with their thought, presence, and even more with the ugly signs they hold up. Oh, but if the shoe were on the other foot. What would they do if it were them burying a loved one, I wonder.
THE SUPREME COURT, THE CONSTITUTION, AND THE PROTESTS. At some point the Supreme Court will have to settle this issue – dividing the RIGHTS from the ASSUMED RIGHTS of the Constitution. The constitution was never mean to use as a tool for violating other people’s rights. This that they are doing violates human dignity. I don’t the constitution should be used as a cloak for maliciousness, or to carry out malicious intent against any citizen.
THE MEDIA, ITS ROLE AS INFORMANT: I must say that if we were without witnesses (media) about what’s going on at a given time in this world, we would be a bad way. We need media to bring to us things we would never know were they not there. Many evils go undetected as it is; were there no media, we would not be addressing this issue – we would not know about it unless we lived where the events occurred.
I think the Media (true media) should be commended and respected too. Many journalist has given his or her life to bring to light things that are pertinent to our well-being, or to uncover the evils that go in in places high and low.
Were it not for the media, we would not know what went on in Iraq on all sides (and we still don’t know it all. Media has been slain in order to keep news from getting to us). We would not know that we have brothers in arms that need help of all kinds. Enough of them are taking their own way out as it is. We would not know the things they suffer while in combat and the aftermath – sometimes worse than the actual combat.
WAR. I have always believed the wars since 1990 were illegal; but this present administration inherited what someone else started. I wish he (the President) would end it today – but someone somewhere would surely protest. I hope the pundits are wrong in that they say we will be there …. I still believe this war is detrimental to us and Afghanistan and hope that it will end soon. But remember, when talk of a pullout surfaced a while ago, not only certain of the legislators, but WE THE PEOPLE also, chimed in that it would be too soon and there would be other types of ramifications, etc. Many cannot be pleased at the same time, we have proven that to be very true.