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Your Opinion: Funeral protest rules praised

Dear Editor:

I would like to commend the 142 members of the Missouri House of Representatives who voted last week to approve legislation that would make it a misdemeanor to protest within 500 feet of a cemetery, mortuary or church two hours before a funeral and two hours after the ceremony. People who violate this law would be subject to six months in jail.

The Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas has held horrible demonstrations across our country, focusing on our young men and women who have given their lives to protect this so-called church to voice their hatred and malice in public.

How can these people even call themselves Christian? The families and friends of our brave and loyal members of our military deserve respect, compassion and understanding in the loss of their fallen family members. These brave and courageous men and women have given their lives for all Americans, and their families need our support, not hideous behavior that insults and defiles their loved one’s memory.

I hope the above-mentioned proposed legislation clears both houses of Missouri’s Legislature and becomes law. The only change I would make is lengthen the jail time for these offenders.

I also would suggest that this group not receive any recognition by the media. Their terrible behavior does not need to be repeated time after time by members of the media.

God bless our fallen heroes and their families.

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