Thursday, March 16, 2006

Bait and Switch

Though in their hearts they agree with Fred Phelps line on gays, especially the closet-cases among them, the Bush-Cultists are more than happy to exploit his demonstrations at the funerals of Iraq casualties to limit free speech. They've just passed legislation to ban any sort of protest within a thousand feet of a funeral. Not surprisingly, they have panicked most of the Minnesotta Democrats into going along with them -- the one exception in office, Becky Lourey, who has actually lost a son in Iraq.

The Twin-Cities' Star-Tribune and the ACLU point out some problems with this sort of thing. Suppose, for instance, that the grieving families themselves wanted to call attention to their natural questions like "What for?" or "How many more?" Will they be subject to arrest?


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