Thursday, March 09, 2006

Phelps blinks

Via the AP wire:
A Kansas church that spreads its anti-gay message by picketing at soldiers' funerals will obey new state laws that have been passed to limit where and when such demonstrations take place, a church attorney said yesterday.

The Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church aborted plans to demonstrate at soldiers' funerals in Oklahoma, Indiana, Missouri and Wisconsin this past week. All four states and South Dakota have new laws limiting such protests.

"We're not going to get arrested. We obey the law," said Shirley Phelps-Roper, who is also a church member.
Of course, they could still protest if they chose to, they'd just have to stay 300 feet away from the grieving families. They are free to speak, but they aren't free to force others to listen.