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  •  Should the Republican Convention have been able (3+ / 0-)
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    to bar me from holding signs on public sidewalks by the entrance so the Delegates couldn't avoid seeing me?

    The right to free speech includes the right to speak where you can be seen and heard.

    If Phelps and co  apply for a permit for the adjacent sidewalk first, they've got a right to use it.

    Practicing Law without a License is my 3d favorite Crime.

    by ben masel on Tue Jun 30, 2009 at 10:41:57 PM PDT

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    •  Agreed. As much as I find those (2+ / 0-)
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      people worse than beyond contempt, they have as much right as you and I to express their ideas.

      Warmest regards,


      Time for real health care reform, not just to patch the patches.

      by Translator on Tue Jun 30, 2009 at 11:54:07 PM PDT

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    •  ANd WE have a right to get there first (0+ / 0-)

      (permit granted) to block them from being in front. It'd done all the time. The permits usually specify a general location. Other folks can also get permits--and families have a good idea of when funerals are, so they can do so. The PAtriot Brigade and some gay groups do this all the damned time.

      I disagree strongly with you on this. A political convention is, by nature, a public event. A funeral is not. Families deserve some privacy. It's a bit like someone's right to protest stops when their fist comes close to the end of my nose.

      The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

      by irishwitch on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 03:56:04 PM PDT

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