Strange bedfellows

Truth is stranger than fiction sometimes. The Wesboro Baptist Church, known for their “God hates fags” picket signs, and the ACLU, known for frequently championing “far left” causes in court, have joined forces to battle a law that limits picketing around funerals. The law itself seems pretty sensible to me, though I’d rather not have such a law in place:

The law bans picketing and protests “in front of or about” any location where a funeral is held, from an hour before it begins until an hour after it ends. Offenders can face fines and jail time.

A number of other state laws and a federal law, signed in May by President Bush, bar such protests within a certain distance of a cemetery or funeral.

Weird, huh?

4 thoughts on “Strange bedfellows

  1. ACLU also alienated a lot of long-time supporters by helping neo-Nazis march in a heavily Jewish Illinois town in the ’70s. Occasionally, they’re consistent!

  2. Maybe the people defining ACLU as far-left are wrong?
    Maybe they really are just trying to make sure everyone in America has a voice? Be it “right” (neo-nazis or wesboro baptist freaks) or “left” (everyone else they side with).
    Stranger things have happened: I saw ben affleck on real time w/ bill maher sticking up for andrew sullivan and defending the christian faith. Stranger than that: all-the-while, he was sitting next to salman rushdie.

  3. Those Westboro people are creepy. Have you seen any interviews with them? Apparently it’s more of an extended family than an actual church congregation; just a big group of inbred retards.

    Also, I’m opposed to pretty much anything which limits freedom of speech, but I don’t think making a bunch of crazies wait an extra hour before they can protest is such a bad thing, as long as that’s all that it is.

    As far as the ACLU involvement… I dont think that that it’s wrong to label the ACLU as “far-left.” At least, I think it’s accurate to say that the positions they support tend to be more liberal.

    But I do think they are quite consistent in the overall ideology. I dont think they just pick and choose the battles they fight out of a “far left” handbook.

  4. From my exposure to the ACLU, I think this is one of the few times they’re being thoroughly consistent, which is why I temper my criticism of the ACLU.

    I think I agree with Matt though. This law is a pretty narrowly constructed restriction of political speech, and really is only enforcing common decency. I guess this is what happens when people don’t police themselves: we get laws like this.

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