16 Oct '12, 7pm

US court: Town can restrict protests at #military funerals

US court: Town can restrict protests at #military funerals

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Tuesday reverses a previous ruling by a three-judge panel of the court. The panel ruling last year prohibited the St. Louis County town of Manchester, Missouri., from enforcing the law it drafted in response to activities by members of Kansas.-based Westboro Baptist Church. Members of the church frequently protest at funerals of soldiers with signs containing messages like "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "Thank God for 9/11," claiming the deaths are God's punishment for American immorality and tolerance of homosexuality and abortion. A lawsuit claiming the Manchester ordinance violated free speech rights was filed by Shirley Phelps-Roper, a Westboro member and daughter of pastor Fred Phelps. The Manchester ordinance allows for protest activities but with limitations. Among them: Protesters are not allowed within 300 feet (1...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/us-court-town-can-restrict-pr...

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