Governor Snyder Passes Bill Keeping Protesters Away From Michigan Funerals
I know we live in a land of free speech and the right to protest; but, so much has changed since that was accepted as a civil liberty in our Constitution over 100 years ago. Respect and consideration for humankind has diminished quite a bit since then, wouldn’t you say?
I seriously wonder if our forefathers would have agreed that it was a protected freedom to protest at a funeral where people have lost a loved one.
Unfortunately government cannot rule over such things so the best that Governor Snyder could do is keep them as far away from the funeral as possible and that is what he did.
The Governor passed a bill that would make it a felony to protest or engage in disorderly conduct within 500 feet of a funeral, memorial service, viewing, procession or burial.
Those who are in violation of this law will could be charged with a felony punishable by up to two years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both. For subsequent offenses, those could garner up to four years’ imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both.
These laws are being enacted around the country in response to members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church. They have staged very controversial protests at military funerals. Church members from Westboro believe that military deaths are God’s punishment for tolerance of gays. These laws are being enacted primarily because of one groups agenda!