Why Oregon Backers of Funeral Civility Bill Are Untroubled by Today's Supreme Court Ruling

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Co-sponsors of an Oregon House bill designed to limit funeral protests say today’s Supreme Court ruling protecting the free speech rights of the Westboro Baptist Church will in fact help the legislation pass in the state Legislature. This morning’s 8-1 Supreme Court decision upheld the First Amendment rights of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, known for its inflammatory funeral protests. ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

Legislation Seeks to Restrict Picketing at Funerals

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Citing concerns over the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church and its inflammatory funeral protests, two state representatives have introduced legislation in Oregon to limit picketing outside memorial services. Introduced by Reps. Jim Weidner (R-Yamhill) and Patrick Sheehan (R-Clackamas), HB 3241 would prohibit picketing within 300 feet of funeral, burial, or other memorial services and within an ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

Look What Hate Group Is Returning to Town


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The Westboro Baptist Church, a Topeka, Kan.-based hate group that evangelizes against homosexuals, Jews, Catholics, and soldiers, will return to the Portland area over Memorial Day weekend and linger into the following week to picket local churches, synagogues and schools. The group's nationally notorious pickets have included the funerals of soldiers because, according to founder Fred Phelps, “Military ...   More
 
Friday, May 14, 2010 Jacob Reingold

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