As I said before, emotionally, I agree with you. They are horrible people and they should have the decency to leave people alone while they bury their dead.<quoted text>
I am a free speech supporter. To me, though, people burying someone and being in that situation, to hear the things some protestors say, I think, equate to someone yelling FIRE when there isn't one. Also, it is their private grieving. Yes, you have to be in public to get to the funeral home, the cemetery, etc. but it is a very private thing.
It could incite a riot. I could see a mourning beating the crap out of someone.
There are times for the greater good you can't say whatever you want at whatever time you want. For me, this might fall into that category.
Good or bad, for or against, I just don't think funerals should be used for demonstration purposes, or at least not within 300 or more yards away.
I probably could be persuaded because I'm not cemented to this, but it's how I'm thinking now.
But the fact that their words could incite a riot are not justification, to me, to take their freedom of speech. Civil rights workers could have, and indeed did, incite riots with their words that black Americans had the same rights as white Americans. The only difference I see is that I agree with them and disagree with the WBC.