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  •  Interesting (3+ / 0-)
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    indiemcemopants, Predictor, erush1345

    I did some digging on the web. The VFW was actually a driving force in getting the Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act passed in 2006.

    Now if you want to get shocked read on, the bill passed the House on a vote of 408 to 3. The 3 No votes: Ron Paul (R-TX), David Wu (D-OR) and Barney Frank (D-MA). All claimed it was unconstitutional. The Senate passed the bill unanimously. The ACLU is opposed to this bill and a similar one in Kentucky claiming it prohibits free speech.

    Has anyone noticed the "Invisible Hand of the Free Market" is still giving us the bird?

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Mar 30, 2010 at 10:49:58 PM PDT

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    •  I actually agree with the "No"s on this. (1+ / 0-)
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      I hate Phelps. I hate the WBC. But they have every right to do what they do. It stinks. It's abusive of the law and the principles of our country. But the constitutional right to free speech allows it.

      A Congressional statute cannot supersede the Constitution. This law is going to be found unconstitutional, I can almost guarantee it. Barney Frank, David Wu and (I hate to say it) Ron Paul were right about this one.

      •  No, the nos were wrong (1+ / 0-)
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        The act in question, at least if the summary at the wiki link above is correct, is nothing more than a time, place, and manner restriction--of the sort that the Supreme Court has upheld dozens or hundreds of times before. True, the act wouldn't be needed if the Phelps clan had any shred of human decency, but since they don't, I have zero problem telling them that they can't traumatize the family and the loved ones of a soldier at the precise moment when they're laying him/her to rest.

    •  Heck with a "bill" how about $'s to help vets. (0+ / 0-)

      Where is the VFW, the American Legion, the right wing jingoistic people who proclaim so loudly that they "Support The Troops" as the parents of soldiers killed in combat are bankrupted by fundamentalist Christians.

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