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Senate Passes Bill Criminalizing Protests Outside Churches

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Sen. Robert Mayer.
State Senator Robert N. Mayer (R-Dexter) successfully passed his bill (SB755) yesterday that makes it illegal to disrupt religious services at any church, mosque, temple or other place of worship. The bill was inspired by the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church at the funeral of Christina Green, the 9-year-old girl killed in the attack on Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

Similar attempts to block WBC funeral protests at churches have been struck down by the Supreme Court for denying the protestors their First Amendment Rights. How is this bill going to avoid a similar legal test?

SB755 doesn't actually outlaw any protests at a church; it makes illegal any noisy protest during a worship service. So protestors can stand outside a church with their signs and shout, but they can't engage in "profane discourse, rude or indecent behavior or making unreasonable noise" once the service begins.

Violating the proposed law once results in a Class B misdemeanor; a second offense is a Class A misdemeanor. The third violation would be a Class D felony. The bill now goes to the Missouri House of Representatives.

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Fuck-suburbs
Fuck-suburbs

Well the rube legislator and one of it's finest hayseeds has decided to pass another ridiculous fucking law that the courts are sure to toss as soon as WBC sues them over it. Then us taxpayers can give another big chunk of money to this walking group of anti-christs thanks to said hayseed. When will these retarded fucks in governments quit playing into the hands of these opportunist westboro jerkoffs? Will anyone EVER learn this is where this group of walking shit stains  gets the majority of their money?

Kitty
Kitty

There are quite a few conditions and strings attached to this bill to keep it Constitutional; when does a protest officially become "noisy?" Enforcing police officers sometimes tend to bend/ignore conditions like these, based largely on their own opinions or beliefs of the matter. I'm as appalled by the WBC protests as anyone, but there's a reason we can't outright ban them from doing it.

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