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Protestors at American Military Funerals, Westboro Baptist Church

Dear United States Supreme Court & Local Law Makers,

Hear the cries of our grieving military and their supporters as we respectfully urge you to make a difference at the funerals of our fallen comrades.

There are over 10,000 National Guard Soldiers in North Carolina who fight for its citizen’s rights and among these is the right to freedom of speech, but how far does this amendment extend? Protestors of any American's passion will long be the center of debates for years to comes, however I am asking to make a difference in the final memories of our true American heroes’ legacy. These military members have lost their lives and will continue to do so because we believe in something greater than ourselves. Our military men and women continue to take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and our National Guard agrees to do the same for our enlisting state, against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Too often we overlook the domestic aspect, focusing only on our foreign missions that seem too massive to deviate from.

Protesters of our American Military funerals are domestic enemies and I refuse to allow the final memories of our fallen to be overshadowed by protestors of the Westboro Baptist Church and any other simple-minded individuals or groups. The current law signed by President Obama requires protests to be held at least 300 feet from military funerals and are prohibited two hours before or after a service. Why are these protestors only limited by time and space, why not eliminate slander and their complete disregard for human life by banning their protests all together? Aside from picketing military funerals, groups such as the Westboro Baptist Church have been known to stomp on the American Flag at public events while holding signs and chanting “Thank God for IED’s, Thank God for Dead Soldiers, God Hates the U.S.A.” among countless other unnerving beliefs.

The right to freedom of speech ought not extend its arm of the law to those in violation of disturbing the peace, verbal assault, harassment and domestic terrorism. These protestor demonstrations are the unlawful use of force against other people to intimidate and or coerce civilian population into furthering a social objective. We can refer to the Code of Federal Regulations, 28 Section 0.85, for the complete definition of terrorism and or any additional source necessary.

I request a final law be passed to prevent protestors presence in any way at our military funerals. Sign the petition to allow families and friends of the fallen to grieve in peace without unnecessary suffering.

Very Respectfully,

Jennifer Simmons

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Jen Simmons

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