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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?

NIC Plans Counter-Protest Vigil

North Idaho College students will be holding a candlelight vigil from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, on the field between the Sherman and Hedlund buildings on campus. The vigil will occur during the same time the Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to demonstrate the NIC Theatre Department’s production of “The Laramie Project.” The college intends for a quiet gathering. Students, faculty, staff and the school’s administration ask that community members do not confront Westboro church members. Community members who wish to participate in a solemn celebration are welcome to join the candlelight vigil in the spirit of solidarity and acceptance/Tom Greene, NIC Press Room. More here.

Question: Is this a good approach to combat the planned protest by the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan.?

Funeral Flap

Protesters from the Rev. Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church demonstrate during funeral services for Dr. George Tiller.

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