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Arizona Bans Pickets At Funerals

The Arizona Legislature has approved emergency legislation to head off picketing by a Topeka, Kan., church at the funeral service for a 9-year-old girl who was killed during Saturday's shooting in Tucson. Unanimous votes by the House and Senate on Tuesday send the bill to Gov. Jan Brewer for her expected signature. The bill prohibiting protests at or near funeral sites would take effect immediately. The Westboro Baptist Church said Monday it plans to picket Thursday's funeral for Christina Taylor Green. She is one of six people who were killed in the shooting that injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 13 others/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Does this action infringe on the free speech rights of Fred Phelps & his Westboro Baptist Church followers?

Henry: No Funeral Planned? Really?

When I was growing up, funerals in my hometown were always the same. People would come to the family home with casserole dishes and offer condolences. The next day, many of those same people would arrive at the mortuary to pay their respects by participating in the funeral. I don’t know how many times growing up I’d answer the phone at our house only to be greeted on the other end of the line by our local undertaker, Ron Hodge, asking if my father was available to be a pallbearer for someone we knew. I thought that was “just the way it was” and, at the time, the way it would always be. But, as I got older, those phone calls from Mr. Hodge to my father slowed and all but stopped. Friends and family were still dying but all that remained to mark their life was an obituary in the paper with one added line: “No funeral services are planned”/Henry Johnston, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: What do you want done for your funeral?

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