As many of you are aware, protesters are showing up at our fallen hero's funerals across the nation.
Saturday, March 25, 2006 a fallen hero will be laid to rest in Maine. Protesters have promised to be at his funeral holding
signs like the ones above.
Several states have enacted laws banning these protests, with varried new laws.
Your webmaster is pushing for the herinafter law for Massachusetts. Several representative have signed
on to sponsor my bill.
YOU should consider pushing for a similar law in YOUR state. Don't wait until they come to your neck
of the woods, it will be to late then.
Now, I and you fought for the right of free speech, but this IS NOT free speech when they torment
the family of a fallen hero!
If you live in Massachusetts, PLEASE call your state representitive and demand he/she support my
My proposed new law follows:
AN ACT RELATIVE
TO MILITARY FUNERAL DISTURBANCES
If you live in
Massachusetts, PLEASE contact your state representative and ask them to support the following:
Section 1. Chapter 272 of the General Laws is hereby
amended by inserting, after section 42A, the following section:~
Section 42B. Whoever willfully creates an interruption
or disturbance within 500 feet of an assembly of people meeting for a military funeral or memorial service or a military funeral
procession or burial, shall be punished by imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for up to 2 ½ years or by a fine
of up to $2,000 or by both such imprisonment and fine.
For further information please contact: David J.
Curtin at firstname.lastname@example.org
This new law is being sponsored
by Representative Robert J. Nyman at the request of David J. Curtin and Brian Martin of the Abington V.F.W. “Old Town Post”
DISORDERLY CONDUCT UPDATE 03: H.R. 5037
The Respect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act, was introduced in the Congress on 29 MAR by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), along with 46 co-sponsors
from both parties. If signed into law, H.R. 5037 would complement similar legislation that has been proposed or passed in
almost two dozen states that creates buffer zones around state cemeteries. Specifically, H.R. 5037 would ban all demonstrations
one hour before, during, and one hour after a military funeral at a national cemetery. It would impose a 500-foot separation
restriction, and would allow for fines and/or jail time for violations. It also encourages the states to enact similar bans
for public and private cemeteries, as well for funeral home services. Both federal and state legislators are specifically
targeting Rev. Fred Phelps from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. Phelps, who says the military deaths are due to their service to
a nation that tolerates
homosexuality, has sent his small group of followers to spread anti-gay messages at more than 100
military funerals across the country. [Source: VFW VSO Bob Morris msg. 29 Mar 06]
call your federal legislators to request that they support the federal bill!
MILITARY FUNERAL DISORDERLY CONDUCT UPDATE 04: AB 2707 Funerals: restrictions
on picketing has been introduced in the California legislature by Assemblyman Rick Keene (R-Chico). This legislation makes
it unlawful for a person to engage in picketing at a funeral during the period beginning one hour prior to the funeral and
ending one hour after the conclusion of the funeral; provides for criminal penalties up to $1000 in fines or six months in
county jail; permits a court to provide injunctive relief and award damages, including punitive damages. “Picketing”
is defined as “protest activities” engaged in by any person within 300 feet of a cemetery, mortuary, or church.
“Protest activities” is defined to include oration or speeches, using sound amplification targeted at funeral
participants, displaying placards, signs, or flags, or other similar material, or distributing handbills, leaflets, or other
written material, where such activity is not a part of the planned funeral services.
AB2707 has already been passed by
the Assembly Committee on Judiciary and will have another hearing by the Committee on Public Safety in late April. The
bill was prompted by the activity of Rev. Fred Phelps, a Kansas pastor who has used funerals, including most recently the
funerals of American troops killed in Iraq, to disseminate his anti-gay message and his belief that the United States has
been “taken over” by homosexuals. Similar laws have either been passed or are under consideration in other states
and at the federal level because of activities that have been going on around the country during funeral services for military
personnel. The bill is being opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union and some labor groups. [Source: VFW California
Veterans Affairs Legislative Update 23 Apr 06 ++]