Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs bill limiting funeral protests
A shrine to the victims of a shooting rampage Saturday in Tucson, Arizona, grows larger Tuesday.
January 11th, 2011
09:15 PM ET

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs bill limiting funeral protests

[Updated at 9:15 p.m. ET] Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed emergency legislation Tuesday night setting limitations on protests at funerals. The bill is aimed at the Westboro Baptist Church, which plans to picket the funerals of those who died in Saturday's shootings.

[Posted at 5:50 p.m. ET] The Arizona Legislature unanimously has passed a bill meant to stop church from protesting at funerals of Tucson shooting victims.

The vote was 29-0 in the state Senate and 58-0 in the state House. A spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer earlier told CNN that she was prepared to sign the bill.

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  1. Brian

    "go protest in front of the white house like everyone else has since its been there.".....

    Everyone? The White House was built by slaves. I doubt that the slaves were allowed to protest there.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • SDJ

      you are correct, it was built by slaves....over 200 years ago.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johinavl

      If you can find a 150 year old slave, show them they way.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fed 123

    What makes a church? Well the U.S. Government does not require a church to believe in jesus to qualify as a church........or do they?

    Today a wide variety of church services exist, from the long and elaborate services of Eastern Christianity to the very basic Evangelical sermon. Though the majority of services are still conducted in church buildings designed specifically for that purpose, some services take place in "store front" or temporary settings. For those unable to attend a service in a church building a burgeoning televangelism and radio ministry provides broadcasts of services. A number of Websites have been set up as "cyber-churches" to provide a virtual worship space free to anyone on the Internet.

    Church services are often planned and led by a single pastor or a small group of elders or may follow a format laid out by the dictates of the religion. Some churches are "lay led" with members of the congregation taking turns guiding the service or simply following format that has evolved over time between the active members.

    A few begin their church services with the ringing of a bell (or a number of bells). The service usually involves the singing of hymns, reading of scripture verses and possibly a psalm, and a sermon. If the church follows a lectionary, the sermon will often be about the scripture lections assigned to that day. Eucharistic churches which usually have Holy Communion either every Sunday or several Sundays a month. Less liturgical congregations tend to place a greater emphasis on the sermon.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jimh77

    Now I do hope they show up, get arrested and then the courts delay their court date and hold them in jail for as long as possible. Unless they did make up some laws and time frame. Seems that AZ is getting with the times. Why no other state did that is beyond thinking. This group needs to be stopped. They are not a Church and have no ounce of Love in them. So now I hope they do show up and get arrested, go to jail for a long time and then deport them to their own little island somewhere the rest of their days.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • JW

      They won't be arrested just for showing up. The new law only prohibits them from protesting within 300 feet. They'll still be able to protest, just further away.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. john

    They are violating their first amendment rights too free speech,and right too assemble.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • tomtom

      No they don't, just can't do it close to it. This f*ing freedom of speech is so outdated, our founding father did not imagine that people will use it to cast their hate around. Also, can you exercise the same right sitting in a plane and speak about bombs? Freedom of speech or any similar amendment might have to be looked at to see if it still fits into present time. Witch hunt was once legal as well!

      January 11, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justamom

      There are already restrictions on free speech. As long as such restrictions don't favor one viewpoint over another, it's fine. For example, you can't make death threats. You can't slander someone. You can't yell fire in a church.

      January 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sealbc

    rt one bill down in Arizona for protesters.We have 49 more bills too pass in legislation

    January 11, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ThanksAZ

    Bravo to the people & legislature of Arizona. This band of fools that parade as a religion are looking for protection under freedom of speech. I've attended military funerals in Massachusetts, and they screech, far from speech. I'm glad this young lady will be able to be mourned and have her life celebrated by family and friends. Too bad they can't extend the distance all the way out into the desert. If they hate as much and as many, stay in Kansas, find an island somewhere and insulate/isolate your "purity" from those of us who support diversity. Another sad day with more angels to watch us from heaven. Thanks to the heroes at Safeway, and to my brothers and sisters in the health care community helping those wounded and their families to heal. Stay strong and know you have friends wishing you well across the country

    January 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DYBO

    I wish the Dems and GOP could get together and pass a Federal law against funeral demonstrations.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hope120

    NOW IF THEY WILL Pass that law in all the states

    January 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. justin

    They passed this law because a trespassing charge wouldn't stand. All wbc would have to do is not enter. I say arrest them all. Throw the children in foster care.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • JW

      Right, just arrest anyone we don't agree with or that we see as led astray. We can get rid of lots of people that way, might open up some jobs . . . until they come for us.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sally Ballz

    I want to see these westboro members go to East Oakland. You will never hear of them again

    January 11, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leela

      That's a great comment!

      January 11, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. The Fasthouse Blog

    The Westboro Baptist Church is a hate group pretending to be a Christian church. They are not Christians. Stop connecting this backwoods family to the rest of us.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. It's me

    This "church" is the devils church if you ask me!!! What sick people like to rub people unfortunate events in their faces? Seriously like these people are the sinners and this phelps guy the leader of the westboro church is going to be in for a rude awakening when he really pushes someones buttons and comes after him

    January 11, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. David M.

    I am a Christian and I detest what these people do. They do not represent Jesus Christ in any way and I assure you He does not approve either. Their day will come. I applaude the state for passing this law. I hope every state does the same thing. These people need to be in a cage, not on the streets.

    There is absolutely no Biblical support for their actions. Scripture says they "will know we are Christians by our love". They do not demonstrate that in any sense. Their fruit speaks for itself.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Johinavl

    Good!!! These parasites need to stay in their little compound.

    Yes, I've heard of freedom of speech but this is WRONG.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • JW

      They will still protest, just further away from the funeral. And I imagine they are used to this sort of resistance, and in their view the hate toward them and the resistance by the government (laws) is just Satan "throwing darts" at them, and they are enduring persecution for what they think is "the truth." In other words, this will just fuel their selfish agenda even more–give them more resolve. How do you really win over people so filled with hate? How about starting with "the man in the mirror." When you respond to hate with hate, it doesn't accomplish anything but more violence and hatred.

      January 11, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. john

    If you no your court systems, you will no that that church when in front of the u.s supreme court over their protesting at funerals and the verdict will be handed down in march no matter what hate speech or, friendly protest its still free speech.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
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