NEW CITY, NY (WCBS 880) – Ed Day, a Rockland County legislator with two sons in the army, is pushing a bill that would set up buffers between those who want to protest military funerals and the families of the fallen soldiers.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi with Ed Day

At issue is a balance between the right to free speech and the rights of fallen soldiers and their families.

“We have to abide with the decision of the Supreme Court, as much as I don’t agree with it,” Day told WCBS 880 reporter Catherine Cioffi. “People have their rights, but I think that the actions of the Westboro Church and people like that are well overstepping the bounds of decency.”

Day says the bill would apply to funerals being conducted on county property and possibly to all funerals in the county.

“I fully understand that people have rights to demonstrate and for free speech, but there is a point where your rights end up stamping over the rights of others,” says Day.

Day says the right to bury your loved one should be sacrosanct.

The Westboro Baptist Church often protests at military funerals and houses of worship, holding signs that, among other things, blame homosexuality for dead soldiers and thank G-d for dead soldiers.

Comments (7)
  1. Old Man says:

    Take That—Brad—-Mica—you all are correct. I think a little bit of the same medicine they are handing out is certainly called for. I woukld LOVE to carry a sign at a funeral of one of their very own! I suspect they wouldn’t chew that too well! They ARE IN-BRED SOB’s and that is EXACTLY what I would CHANT at THEIR services!!!

  2. Mark E says:

    Too bad the Fire Departments around the nation don’t clean their hoses and change the water in their Pupmper Trucks when those Inbred-Hatemongers are in the area, they need to be flushed with the rest of the fecal matter.

  3. Take That, pesky Westboroians! says:

    If they should disrupt a funeral that I attend, I will take a trip to their “church” and drop a deuce on the altar.

  4. Micha says:

    Amen Brad!

    If I ever hear that a ranking member of the WBC passed, I want to be at the funeral with a picket sign that says “LMAO” and “Thank God for Dead Inbreds”

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  6. bradtickler says:

    The Westboro Baptist Church is is nothing but hateful bullies with law degrees. If the idiot press would stop being used by them to give them all the publicity that they could ever want, maybe they would slip back beneath the rocks whence they came.

    Hate speech does not deserve protection from our constitution. I doubt the founding fathers would have sanctioned it, any more than they would have sanctioned a murderer getting to go free because an overworked police officer made a mistake.

    The constitution has been corrupted beyond belief over the years. Mr. Madison would not recognize the present day interpretations of it.

    Any one with enough money beats the system and uses the constitution to their own selfish ends.

    1. Ralph D says:

      Correct,correct and correct again. I would add the fact that despite whatever they call themselves they are not a church and they’re not Baptists; I really don’t know what they are.

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