Free speech -vs- common sense

Anyone who has read this blog for any amount of time knows that I am a firm believer in Free Speech. I will fight for anyone’s right to say what they believe, even if I don’t agree with what they have to say. There are times, though, that I wish people would use common sense. One example: one should just know that isn’t appropriate to hold a demonstration at a funeral. But apparently the wackos at the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka aren’t all that big on common sense.

A Kansas-based anti-gay group is expected to show up at a Greeley church to protest services for an Evans man, killed while serving with the US Army in Iraq.

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Greeley police confirm protesters from Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka (Kansas) obtained a “parade” permit, and five to ten people are expected to picket along a sidewalk across the street from MacKenzie’s funeral.

On the one hand, this will once again show the world just how insane these people are. On the other hand, it’s a funeral. Who the fuck protests at someone’s funeral?