Wisely, the members of the Connecticut General Assembly voted late last night to restrict protests at military funerals. This bill had passed earlier in the session, but with the warning that the lunatics from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka planned to disrupt a military funeral in the state this coming Friday, an amendment was crafted to have the provisions take effect immediately.
Whether or not you are in support of what the United States is doing in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as Americans, we all must recognize the service of our men and women in the armed forces, who put their lives on the line, take up the post against our enemies, and many times make the ultimate sacrifice so we may enjoy the privileges of freedom and liberty.
The measure that passed prohibits protests and demonstrations an hour before and an hour after the event, and bans protesters from going near the cemetery property or house of worship, and keeps protesters at least 150 feet back from the entrance to the cemetery as a funeral procession passes.
The Westboro Baptist Church issued a nauseating press release titled "Thank God for IEDs" in which they announce their intention to protest at the Friday services and interment of Army First Lieutenant Keith Heidtman, in Norwich, CT. First Lieutenant Heidtman died a hero on May 28th, Memorial Day, while serving in Iraq.
These twisted bastards believe that American soldiers are dying in the Middle East because America tolerates homosexuals. They have protested at military funerals all over the nation, spreading their unique misery and grief to the loved ones of fallen soldiers including once previously in Connecticut. They carry signs that say "God Hates Fags", a recurrent theme on their detestable web page.
For these disgusting ass-faced animals, there are no words strong enough to convey the level of contempt they should be held in. They have the temerity to drape themselves in red white and blue, yet they haven't the most fleeting notion about what it means to be an American, unable to wrap their small brains around the notions of duty, honor and country; principles that guided the lives of the brave soldiers whose grave sites they would dare sully with their ignoble presence.
God loves America, and he loves America's soldiers. It's these pieces of filth, whose entire lives are hardly worth a rag used to spit-shine one of these fallen soldiers' boots, whom God hates. And I am with God on that.
As an American, I thank Senator Len Fasano (R-North Haven) for spearheading this effort, as well as all members of the Connecticut General Assembly, Republican and Democrat alike for unanimously voting to prevent the disruption of military funerals by protesters. And I thank the Governor for assuring a quick signature to the law.