Weston, MO is not far from Fort Leavenworth, KS. It’s a cute little town that Bill and I enjoyed visiting while we lived there. They have the best Memorial Day parade wherein the parade itself is 2 or 3 times longer than the parade route. They also have a great Irish restaurant.
And they have fabulously patriotic residents who stand united against despicable abusers of our First Amendment rights.
Residents of Missouri Town Block Protesters From Picketing Soldier’s Funeral
this link has videos:
Hundreds Gather in Missouri Town to Block Westboro Baptist Protest at Soldier’s Funeral
The counter-protesters blocked the corner where Westboro had a permit to assemble, and they also formed a human shield at the funeral home. I am all in favor of freedom of speech, but I think it is clearly meant to be freedom to speak your opinion against the government, businesses, and public individuals not freedom to harass private citizens. Shouting profanities at grieving family members who are burying their dead should not be in the realm of protected speech.
Good job, Weston.
How does that not fall under those vague “hate crime” laws?
Makes you wonder why that hasn't happened before.
It's OK to hate soldiers, Catholics, white men and conservatives.
Brought tears to my eyes. They protested at my friend's funeral as well. One of the mourners came out and passed out hymnals to the Patriot Guard and they sang and drowned out the protestors. The widow did not need to hear it as she was barely holding on.
I'm so proud of that town and what they did.
But, they're also spewing things about people who ARE protected by the hate crime laws- gays. However, gays are not the people who are getting hurt by this, so it doesn't apply. Unfortunately, the hate crime laws don't just apply to anyone who is hated. They're very specific in the circumstances they can be used, which is why I'm so against them.
I'm so proud of this town.
Made me smile, thanks!
Good for Weston!
I went to Benedictine College in Atchison, KS – just 19 miles away from Weston and we visited all the time. I was always delighted by the town (O'Malley's and downtown Weston are great places!), but never knew, until now, the strength of the people. Congratulations, Weston!
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