I am an adherent of the First Amendment. I may disagree with what people say but, on the other hand, I have the right to voice my disagreement.
Over 2,000 people have signaled an intent to join a human shield in an attempt to block a Westboro Baptist Church protest of the funerals of two Topeka, Kan., police officers killed in the line of duty.
Two grassroots-based movements, organized via Facebook, are planning to surround the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka on Saturday to block planned protests by the controversial group, which is based in Topeka. The funerals are for Topeka police officers David Gogian and Jeff Atherly, who were killed in a shootout in front of a Dillon’s supermarket last Sunday evening. The planned shield comes as Westboro faces a national backlash and similar events have occurred in response to the group’s plans to protest the funerals of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut.
Westboro has a right to protest, no matter how despicable and ugly their reasons. And trust me, they are ugly and despicable.
Just as these movements have a right to block the Westboro protests.