• Petitioned Barack Obama

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President of the United States
Barack Obama

Stop Harassment on Funerals

    1. Protect Defend California
    2. Petition by

      Protect Defend California

      Panorama City, United States Minor Outlying Islands

This petition is an attempt to STOP ACTIVISTS, PROTESTING on MILITARY FUNERALS.


PLEASE HELP STOP HARASSMENTS 
and taunts against the patriots who died 
PLEASE HELP PROTECT
 soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our freedom and- 
PLEASE HELP DEFEND
 their Families, grieving at the Funerals of their loved ones.

Religious groups who protest at military funerals such as Westboro Baptist Church, is notorious for their method of practice in protesting at military funerals. They believe in the wrongs of doing in homosexuality and denounce all people involved in homosexual activity as ‘against god’s will’. These members of religious group are not just unafraid to publicize and confront the so-they-claim ‘fags’ to condemning them to hell, but they practice this routine-protest activities AT FUNERALS by using picketing signs that literally deliberate mottos such as:

- Thank God for Dead Soldiers
- Thank God for 9/11
- God Hates America
- Pray for More Dead Soldiers
- Don’t Pray for U.S.A.
- Thank God for IEDs
- Fag Troops
- God Killed your Sons
...and many more, countless, picketed with the U.S. flag held, Upside Down. 

These activists yell, scream, shout, picket these profane statements
DURING THE BURIAL OF THE SOLDIER'S FUNERALS. 


Claiming that justice have been served by god, these activists completely disregard any respect to the deceased soldier and their families. The religious group members evade the traditions and personal reputations of the soldiers and their families by picketing and yelling at the deceased, using inappropriate names at burial sites.

It is in the argument by the activist members of these group members that the death of the soldiers, whom they protest against, have surely been executed righteously by god, to punish America for tolerating ‘homosexuality’. Through their argument, the members of these group denounces to the public; The dead soldiers and their families are in the path to hell and then warns them again and again, ‘America, shall go to hell’, in derivation of their beliefs.

First Amendment, the Freedom of Speech, entitles these religious members to practices these rituals at funerals. Because these activists claim First Amendment as their right to ‘harass’ American citizens and soldiers at funerals, the practices executed by these religious group members are difficult for the government to control and regulate.

However, it is obvious, not just to the soldiers and their families, who had been violated of their rights, but it is to every citizen, that everyone deserves the right to have a peaceful funeral in remorse of our family and friends or ourselves. Fundamental RIGHTS to EVERY American Citizens. A person, deserves, a peaceful practice of a traditional ceremony like a FUNERAL, when passing on to another realm.

FUNERAL IS SACRED, RELIGIOUS, TRADITIONAL AND PRIVATE. ACT OF PROTEST AT THE FUNERAL IS NOT A RIGHT. IT IS HARASSMENT, IT IS AN INVASION OF PRIVACY, IT IS AN INVASION OF RIGHT AND FURTHERMORE, IT IS AN ABUSE.


Funeral-protest laws have been passed in at least 41 states. The laws limit the funeral protesters to stay away from the funeral site, ranging from 200ft to 500ft away. States including: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming, have passed the law as current standing.[1][2]

In the federal level, Congress passed the more narrowly confined Respect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act and President George W. Bush signed it into law on May 29, 2006. The law broadly prohibits any type of demonstration “under the control of the National Cemetery Administration or on the property of Arlington National Cemetery unless the demonstration has been approved by the cemetery superintendent or the director of the property on which the cemetery is located.” It imposes both time (one hour before and after) and distance requirements (150 feet from road and 300 feet from the cemetery).[2]

However, the recent protests demonstrated by these activists proved, that THESE LAWS ARE NOT STRONG ENOUGH to protect the rights of the deceased soldiers and their families.

Either you agree or disagree with the current politics, policies of the current war, PLEASE HELP. Help to protect the honors of the fallen soldiers by signing this petition.

Your Voice, WILL HELP.
Your Petition, WILL COUNT.
Lets Do this, TOGETHER.
TOGETHER, Let’s US PROTECT, DEFEND what is OURS.

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Facts and References

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/press/topic.aspx?topic=funeral_protests [1]
Public Law 109-228-Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act [2] 

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! VICTORY IN CALIFORNIA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Protect Defend California
      Petition Organizer

      Protesting at Military Funerals are now regulated in California!!

      We DID IT!! Thank you everyone who signed the petition online and offline!!!

      "On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation restricting protests at military and other funerals. The Topeka, Kan.-based church, which has staged such protests for years on the basis of parishioners' belief that God is punishing the nation for its acceptance of gays, had threatened to picket Villatoro's funeral but didn't show up. Senate Bill 661, authored by Sen. Ted Lieu , D-Torrance, bans picketing a funeral within 300 feet of a burial or memorial site beginning one hour before a funeral and ending one hour afterward. "

      -Sen Ted Lieu

      http://sd28.senate.ca.gov/news/2012-09-19-bakersfield-californian-editorial-when-free-speech-and-privacy-respect-collide

      http://sd28.senate.ca.gov/news/2012-09-17-gov-signs-bill-protecting-grieving-military-families-and-others-disruptive-hurtful-p

    2. Reached 500 signatures
    3. California Governor Jerry Brown Vetoes Funeral Protest Ban

      Protect Defend California
      Petition Organizer

      SACRAMENTO, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown says he reluctantly vetoed a bill aimed at a controversial anti-gay church known for protests at military funerals.

      In his veto message Wednesday, Brown said he was "very tempted" to sign the ban on protests, the Sacramento Bee reported. But he said the bill is unconstitutional based on a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on similar legislation from another state.

      The Westboro Baptist Church, a small group mostly from one extended family in Topeka, Kan., has become notorious for picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Rev. Fred Phelps, the church's patriarch and pastor, suggests those deaths are God's punishment for U.S. tolerance of homosexuality.

      The bill passed the California legislature almost unanimously.

      "I cannot in good faith sign this measure because it plainly fails to comport with the Supreme Court's decision," Brown said.

    4. Half of Offline Petitions turn out to be "invalid".

      Protect Defend California
      Petition Organizer

      Well, failure is a learning right? Like we promised when we started this campaign.
      We will never stop until we can protect the servicemembers and their families.

      Thank you for your contribution and support.

    5. GREAT NEWS!!

      Protect Defend California
      Petition Organizer

      As of today, We are now Officially sponsored and supported by the Orange County Veteran's Association and the Korean American Orange County Veterans Association. We are one step closer in protecting our loved ones at funerals.

    6. 100th Day Since Petition.

      Protect Defend California
      Petition Organizer

      Today is the 100th day since we started petitioning to protect our fallen heroes. The numbers are quite low but I believe we can achieve victory.

      Thank you everyone for your support.
      We will never stop trying until our heroes are well rested.

    7. Happy July 4th

      Protect Defend California
      Petition Organizer

      Happy July 4th everyone.

      Thank you for all your support in aiding to protect our fallen heroes at their funerals.

    8. Reached 250 signatures
    9. Protect Defend California
      Petition Organizer

      There was one incident when the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church wrote letter to Saddam Hussein, praising that he is doing such a good job letting religious groups shout out in the streets.

      Reading his letter, Saddam Hussein invited these group members to protest against America in Baghdad.

      These guys really protested against their own country at Baghdad with profane pickets.

    10. Protect Defend California
      Petition Organizer

      There are still no further actions enacted by any government in the U.S. about this situation.

      Let's keep this petition going to get the voice out. Please help by spreading this page's link.

    11. Protect Defend California
      Petition Organizer

      We are batching our third day of petition with 133 signatures!! Thank you all so much for your participation. I will be contacting the California college Veterans clubs and ROTCs for help.

    12. Reached 100 signatures
    13. Protect Defend California
      Petition Organizer

      This is our second day and we're barely on 50th signatures right now, but I like to thank you all personally for making an effort to a great cause. So here it is. Thank you.

    14. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • MATTHEW STRAZZZULA BOSTON, MA
      • about 1 year ago

      Protesting at a religious right, violates freedom of religion.

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    • Bonnie Aspinwall EDINBURGH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      People should have the right to grieve in peace.

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    • Nickolas Roe COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA
      • almost 2 years ago

      i believe in free speech but what these people do is they use the rights the soldiers sacrificed for there is no bigger disgrace to America and Christianity then the westboro baptist "church"

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    • Daniel Verdadero MCALESTER, OK
      • almost 2 years ago

      These people protested a soldier in our town after he was killed in Iraq. Jason McClusky was killed by an IED. Westboro Baptist Cult are the worst examples of human beings since hitler

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    • Brandi Bogie FORT BENNING, GA
      • almost 2 years ago

      My entire family is military, and so if my husband! i find it very disrespectful to be happy about someone dying. they are the ones who will be going to hell!

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