Kenneth (kensmind) wrote in polloftheday,
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Hypothetical on Freedom of Speech/Freedom of Religion and Homophobia

Hypothetical: Assume that a gay teenager has committed suicide. At his funeral a group from a local church protests the funeral. The protesters do not directly interfere with the funeral in that they protest from 100 yards away and do not physically impede those attending or participating in the funeral or set foot on the property where the funeral is taking place. No direct threats or violence occur. The protesters carry signs and shout chants such as "God hates fags", "Your son is burning in hell" and other similar messages. Their chanting can be heard inside the church where the ceremony is taking place.

Poll #1629736 GodHatesProtesters

In the hypothetical above, should the protesters' actions be protected as a valid exercise of their right to free speech?

Yes. Freedom of speech isn't just for popular speech, it's for all speech, whether we like it or not.
22(38.6%)
Yes for some other reason.
0(0.0%)
I'm not sure
1(1.8%)
No. The protesters' right to free speech should be secondary to the family's right to grieve.
24(42.1%)
No for some other reason.
10(17.5%)

Assuming that the protesters sincerely believe in their own minds what they are saying and that the bible calls upon them to take this action, should their action be protected under their right to freedom of religion?

Yes (tell us why)
9(16.7%)
I'm not sure
19(35.2%)
No (tell us why)
26(48.1%)
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