Continetti is guest-blogging for The Post.
In March the Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church, a group of despicable morons who travel around the country picketing military funerals and spewing anti-American, anti-armed forces, anti-gay bile. The majority decided that Westboro’s rants count as protected speech since the protesters aren’t violent and address “matters of public import” on public property. Count me with dissenting Justice Samuel Alito, who argued that the First Amendment doesn’t give Westboro Baptist the right to “inflict severe emotional injury on private persons at a time of intense emotional sensitivity by launching vicious verbal attacks that make no contribution to public debate.”
As might have been predicted, Americans are taking matters into their own hands. Last week GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine introduced the SERVE Act, which would increase the “quiet time” before and after military funerals as well as the buffer zone around the ceremony. The bill has bipartisan support and is expected to pass easily. One of the cosponsors, GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, told Shannon Bream : “I can't imagine anyone being against it, at least no one in their right mind.”
Meanwhile, Mississippians are taking a different approach:
It seems that certain Rankin county pickup trucks were parked directly behind any car that had Kansas plates in the hotel parking lot and the drivers mysteriously disappeared until after the funeral was over. Police were called but their wrecker service was running behind and it was going to be a few hours before they could tow the trucks so the Kansas plated cars could get out.
A few made it to the funeral but were ushered away to be questioned about a crime they might have possibly been involved in. Turns out, after a few hours of questioning, that they were not involved and they were allowed to go on about their business.
American democracy in action: When government fails, the citizenry takes matters into its own hands.